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Offices & Services > Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study

Undergraduate Research & Creative Work


Mariangela Maguire

Interim Director of the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999


309-341-7166 (fax)


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As a student, you'll find that we offer a number of opportunities to pursue independent research, scholarly, and creative projects.

Honors Program

Our Honors Program helps outstanding seniors devote a substantial part of their final year in full-scale independent research, scholarship, or creative work under the guidance of an interdisciplinary faculty committee. You'll defend your projects or have them critiqued before a qualified outside examiner, modeling the dissertation defense model of many grad programs. Often, Honors projects can jump start you into a meaningful career or top-notch grad program.

Richter Scholarship

Since 1995, the Richter Memorial Trusts have provided more than $1.25 million to support students pursuing projects that foster independence of thought and expression beyond the classic classroom setting. Funds have supported student travel to other countries, research internships, and the purchase of materials, supplies, or equipment to pursue your ambitious independent projects. And, any student in any discipline is eligible to apply for funds from the Richter program. A portion of Richter funds is allocated to support our Honors and Ford Fellowship programs.

Other Funds and Awards

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni, numerous endowed funds are awarded to students both to conduct work and in recognition of work accomplished.

Beyond Knox: Opportunities and Awards After Graduation

Many opportunities await you after graduation. Students have taken advantage of Fulbrights, Javits, NSF Graduate Fellowships, and many other grants and fellowships to advance their education and careers. Check out our graduate fellowships.

If you don't find the opportunity you are looking for through the links above, please contact the Vovis Center to discuss your interests.