Rachael Desmond, an undergraduate from the School of Nursing, presents her findings at the annual Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium.

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Graduate and Undergraduate Research

Nearly every graduate student at Duquesne is involved in research and scholarship. They’ve all come to expect and benefit from the opportunities, training, facilities and faculty and staff support of a distinguished University that has achieved the Carnegie high research university rating

Details of graduate programs, research and opportunities are available on the websites of Duquesne’s 10 schools. 

As part of the University’s mission to serve God by serving students, undergraduates are also encouraged to take full advantage of the University’s size, excellent faculty ratio and conducive research environment to learn as student learn best: through true hands-on opportunities. With the support available at Duquesne, undergraduates carry out our high standards of scholarship and research as well.

Once a year, the entire University celebrates these student efforts at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium (which typically occurs in the spring), the Graduate Student Research Symposium (which typically occurs in the fall), and school-based events occur throughout the year.

At Duquesne, the research opportunities include the sciences, but extend far beyond, like:

  • Fulbright Scholar Louis Butler, who is studying philosophy in Germany
  • Music student Jason Hoffmann won the Outstanding Community-Engaged Scholarship Award at the 2014 Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium for his project, "Reality versus virtual experience of war: Lecture recital on the operat War Without End."
  • An award-winning production by an interfaith documentary team that captured the return of an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor to his concentration camp in Poland
  • The Bayer Scholar Fellowships , which encourage diversity in the sciences 
  • The Summer Undergraduate Research Program
  • The National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • Honors College programs such as the Daisy Wilson Artists Collective, a long-term project to renovate the boyhood home of playwright August Wilson. 

Opportunities to conduct scholarship and research, make presentations and posters, and even attend and present at professional conferences, provide high school, undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to learn from and inspire others.

For Duquesne students, these research opportunities have paid off in top national honors such as Fulbright, Goldwater and Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation scholarships. Most student research starts with a professor and a particular interest in a project, but the Office of Research staff can provide additional guidance, especially for those heading into national and international competitions and conferences.