Interim Director of the Gerald and Carol Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
As a student, you'll find that we offer a number of opportunities to pursue independent research, scholarly, and creative projects.
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.
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.
The Artists, Scholars, Scientists, and Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (ASSET) program expands the successful Knox Ford Fellowship program by recruiting a student cohort with a wider range of aspirations. Students will pursue intensive individual projects and together they will identify and discuss connections across disciplinary boundaries, emphasizing a deepening understanding of how to create constructive dialogue across those boundaries.
Juniors with a 3.3 GPA or higher will be invited to apply to ASSET. Meetings during the winter and spring term will allow them time to build a sense of community and they will pursue an individual project during the summer. Summer dialogues will focus on technology, ethics, education, and other issues relevant to all disciplines. During the summer they will also engage in educational and social activities and prepare for their senior year and for post graduate experiences.
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.