New Form Allows Faculty and Students to Report Presented or Published Research

Have you been active in research, made a presentation or had an article accepted for publication? Marywood University faculty and students may now easily report all research associated presentations and publications with the new ORSP Report of Presented and Published Research form. Simply download, complete, and return to Not sure what to report? Contact Kristie Congdon, ORSP Information Specialist at for assistance.

2016 CUR Posters on the Hill - Abstracts Due November 4th

Undergraduate students who have conducted original research are invited to submit their abstracts for consideration to attend the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) 2016 Posters on the Hill.  Spring 2016 will see CUR hosting its 20th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill with an evening poster session and reception allowing students opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by undergraduate research and their programs.  Questions about your application?  Please email: Sabrina E. Hall,

2016 CUR Bienniel Conference - Abstracts Due November 13th

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) hosts its 17th National Conference, “Advancing Undergraduate Research: Collaboration and Innovation in a Global Society”, at the University of South Florida, Tampa, June 26-28, 2016.  The conference provides an opportunity for faculty, administrators, staff, academic and community partners, and policy-makers to share individual and collaborative investigations, either interdisciplinary or cross-disciplinary, in local, national and international contexts, and to showcase models of undergraduate research activities at all types of higher education institutions.

2016 NCUR Conference - Abstracts Due December 2nd

The mission of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is to promote undergraduate research scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.   The University of North Carolina at Asheville is host to the 30th NCUR, April 7 – 9, 2016. .

Religious Experience Public Lecture Series Scheduled for September 21st and October 15th

Sponsored by the Marywood University interdisciplinary Religious Experience Cluster Group and funded through a grant provided by The Experience Project (, as part of a $4.8 million, three-year initiative coordinated by the University of Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the lectures will include, Christian-Sannyasa:  A New Path of Interfail Spirituality in Bede Briffiths & Abhishiktananda as presented by Beverly Lanzetta (September 21, 2015) and The Purposes of Religious Argumentation and the Person-Relativity of Proofs as presented by William J. Wainwright (October 15, 2015).  For more information, please contact Melinda Krokus at or John DePoe at

Guidelines for Classroom Research Activities Reminder

Faculty is reminded that class assignment/exercises involving human participants may or may not require IRB/ERC review depending on whether they meet the federal definition of research.  Check out the Guidelines for Classroom Research Activities and please contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (570-340-6031) if you have any questions.

 Dr. Laura Camlet Houser featured in Scranton Times

LCHCongratulation to Laura Camlet Houser, Ph. D., Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs who was recently featured in the Scranton Times', People on the Move!  Dr. Houser's new position provides administrative oversight for sponsored programs and for faculty and student research.  


CUR Offers Travel Grants to Undergraduate Biology Students Presenting Original Research

The Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is offering a limited number of travel grants, up to $250 each, for undergraduate students presenting original biological research results at a regional or national, discipline-specific meeting* during the fiscal year 2015-2016.  Student must be an undergraduate at either a two- or four-year institution.  If the student is a graduating senior, travel must be completed within three months of graduation.

Communication Arts Faculty and Students Present at AEJMC National Conference

Lindsey Wwontanis2015otanis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, and graduate students, Janice Richardson, B.A, and Bowei Zhong, B.A. from the Communication Arts Department presented research titled, Convergence on campus: A study of campus media organizations’ convergence practices at the Association for Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2015 National Conference in August. This paper asks: Are college media organizations practicing convergence? The researchers surveyed 142 campus media advisers to learn about convergence practices in campus newsrooms. Findings show that while half of advisers report that their campus media organizations are practicing convergence, most are only practicing cross-platform publishing. Findings also suggest a correlation between campuses reporting converged media organizations and those reporting convergence-focused curricula.

SPIN, A Funding Research Tool Now Available to all Marywood Faculty Staff, and Students

Marywood University faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to use SPIN to assist with funding searches.  Campus access is available without an account, if searching while off campus simply register for an account!  SPIN offers both active searching and automated opportunity matching and daily opportunity notifications and contains over 40,000 opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors.  Training videos are available for new users

Faculty Awarded Grant to Conduct Religious and Spiritual Experiences (RSEs) Study 

Congratulations to Melinda Krokus, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Religious Studies and John M. DePoe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Philosophy, who were recently awarded $15,000 for their project  titled Religious Experience Cluster Group Initiative.  Funded by The Experience Project being conducted at the University of Notre Dame and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  The program will explore various aspects of religious and spiritual experiences (RSEs) and is part of the Cluster Initiative of The Experience Project.  2015-2016 speaker events will be held to allow Marywood University students and community to join in on the discussions.  

Internal Research Awards Announced

ORSP is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015-2016 Internal Research Awards:

Undergraduate  Students Present Research at the 2015 URC-PA

Congratulation to Kenia Sedano (Criminal Justice), Gaetano Zarra (Criminal Justice), Elspeth Peterson (Psychology), and faculty advisor Dr. Brian Monahan, Associate Professor Sociology/Criminal Justice on their presentation of research titled, Parenting, Educational Attainment, and Juvenile Delinquency at the 2015 Undergraduate Research at the Capitol, Pennsylvania on March 3, 2015. 

Institutional Account with Survey Monkey

Effective immediately, use of Marywood University's institutional account with Survey Monkey will no longer be allowed for research involving human subjects (only research requiring review by the Institutional Review Board or Exempt Review Committee).  This is due to security issues and the protection of human subjects.

While you may still utilize Survey Monkey's service for research, you will need to subscribe to a secure, personal account.  Subscriptions at various levels are available and may last as long as the researcher desires.  The type of account allowed will depend upon the nature of the research.

CITI Offers New Learner Account Registration

Marywood University researchers and research personnel are required to complete basic and perhaps other additional research training courses. The required research training is available online through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).  Check out CITI's New Learner Account Registration.