About OSR

The Office of Student Research promotes undergraduate student research through professional development workshops, consultations and initiatives that support collaborative and independent research.

What Is Research?

Research is not just lab coats and test tubes. Research is the process where a person:

ASKS a question with no immediate answer

FINDS the best sources or evidence to answer the question

SHARES  what s/he finds with others

Scholars ranging from scientists to sculptors pursue answers to questions. Students who undertake research gain confidence to work independently, experience in working collaboratively, refined information literacy abilities and communication skills. Graduate school programs and potential employers value such experiences. Faculty members enjoy more positive perceptions of their jobs through increased contact with students, pursue topics that go beyond their courses and enhance their own research through collaboration with students.


The Office of Student Research offers several initiatives to support students who undertake independent, student-initiated research and faculty who mentor them.

Student Funding: Through a competitive process, OSR provides grants up to $500 to undergraduate students to defray costs associated with conducting research, including materials and travel to professional conferences to share the results of scholarship. Submission deadline is approximately two weeks after the start of classes in the fall and spring semesters.

Collegiate Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Opportunities (CURIO): This spring-through-summer research program allows students to undertake an independent research project under the supervision and mentorship of a faculty member. There is also a spring-only option. Both the student and faculty mentor receive a stipend. Submission deadline is in the fall.

The Omnipedia Review: A peer-reviewed online review journal that publishes review essays (2500-3000 words) and review articles (5000-6000 words). Rolling submissions.

Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Awards (FEMA): OSR accepts student nominations to recognize outstanding faculty mentors of undergraduate research. Nominations accepted in spring.


Dr. Crystal S. Anderson, Director of the Office of Student Research and Research Scholar of Cultural Studies

andersoncs2@longwood,edu | Greenwood Library 142


Carol Anderson, Administrative Staff Assistant for Accreditation and Compliance

andersoncb2@longwood.edu | Ruffner 138


Angela Nigrelli, Graduate Student Assistant

2017-18 Student Research Advisory Council

Dr. Amorette Barber, Assistant Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences

Jennifer Beach, Librarian, Research and Instructional Services

Dr. James Holsinger, Director, Writing Center and Associate Director, Center for Academic Success

Dr. David Magill, Associate Professor, English and Modern Languages

Linda Townsend, Director of Assessment, Assessment and Institutional Research

Dr. Pamela Tracy, Associate Professor, Communication Studies and Director, Center for Faculty Enrichment

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