ACADEMICS

  • Scholarship & Research

    At Worcester State University, we pride ourselves on a long legacy of excellence in the classroom. After all, we have been focused on high-quality teaching since we began as Worcester Normal School in 1874. More and more, however, we recognize the importance of reinforcing student learning with experiences outside the classroom—in the studio, the laboratory, and the library, for example. That’s why we work tirelessly to offer a broad range of opportunities to participate in faculty-led scholarship projects.

    Scholarship and research benefit society, but they also can boost your career. A demonstrated capacity for conducting research can enhance your value in the marketplace. A recent study indicated that 93% of employers are looking for individuals with demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems. In fact, the study revealed that employers find those skills more important than a candidate’s undergraduate major.

    Financial support from private donors, foundations, and corporations for academic pursuits—from equipment purchases to program seed grants—enables us to offer you myriad opportunities for hands-on research and creative exploration. As a result, members of our faculty—dedicated to serving as mentors—have greatly increased the work that they do with students on experimental research, on scholarship using primary materials and sources, and in original creative work.

    Research with real-world relevance
    At Worcester State University, we value your curiosity and drive to explore a topic of academic interest through research and creative projects. We encourage you to dedicate yourself to research that you find compelling and relevant. Here are a few of the topics our students have explored recently with in-depth research in the lab and out in the field:

    • The presence of heavy metals in rice
    • Hearing loss—and its prevention in the entertainment industry
    • Bullying in schools
    • The women of the Beat Movement

    Each year, Worcester State recognizes the accomplishments of hundreds of our scholars and researchers at the Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity. The exposition features poster presentations, panel presentations, publications, and artistic exhibits from across the curriculum, bringing the entire university community together to celebrate scholarly achievement and creative excellence. The event provides an overview of the dedication, innovation, and intellectual effort of our students and of the faculty who mentor them.