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Interim Director of the Gerald & Carol Vovis Center for Research & Advanced Study
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Knox has a longstanding (and pioneering) commitment to supporting advanced student research and creative work—intensive, long-term projects that go beyond coursework. They might be independent studies under the mentorship of a professor; they might be collaborative projects between a few students or between students and a professor; they might happen in a lab, on a stage, in a library; they might happen in a neighborhood, on a farm, on a glacier; they might happen in Galesburg or Chicago or on another continent.
Every year we award more than $350,000 in grants to individual students to support their research and creative projects. The vast majority of our students—89%—produce research, independent studies, or creative work. Our annual HORIZONS conference allows students to share their work with the Knox community.
A few places to learn more about projects students have done recently: our Honors Program and our independent study program. We also guide students through the process of securing funding through fellowships. Another major source of support: The Vovis Center for Research and Advanced Study.
The results: Students publish their work in major journals, win national awards, and present at international conferences. They build a foundation for the work they'll do after they graduate. And they develop skills and practices (independent thinking, critical analysis, project management, creative problem-solving) that make them exactly the kind of effective, productive, adaptable people the world—and today's employers—need right now.
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