About OSR

The Office of Student Research helps develop creative inquiry, curiosity, knowledge and skills and leverage them in meaningful ways within and beyond Longwood University.

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.



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


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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