Undergraduate Research Department Index

Undergraduate research and creative activities at Eastern Connecticut State University provide opportunities for students to work closely with faculty mentors on research or creative work. Projects are aligned with the mentor’s expertise and designed to expose students to professional activities within a chosen field. Specific activities vary with each experience and by discipline.

Eastern Connecticut State University maintains an Institutional Membership with the Council on Undergraduate Research. Our membership provides discounts on registration for CUR programs and a monthly newsletter. Our students are also eligible for most scholarships and travel awards awarded by CUR Divisions. A link to division websites/benefits can be found here. 

The following pages provide examples of current projects as well as projects that are completed which have been presented/published/performed or exhibited.  Students can also locate funding sources for their work and travel to present their completed projects. Funding criteria varies by grant type. In general funds are available for work undertaken with an Eastern faculty mentor on a project appropriate to one’s discipline.  Internships are not considered appropriate unless they can be shown to meet the criteria above. Students who wish to attend a conference without presenting, are ineligible for these funds and should work with department clubs to secure funding. Only students who are currently enrolled at Eastern are eligible for funds.

For students who have already completed a project, regional and national undergraduate conferences for presentation or exhibition  are listed below:

COPLAC Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research Conference. Submissions due at the start of the Fall semester. The conference takes place in October-November.

Posters on the Hill, Washington D.C.  Submissions due each Fall for presentation each April.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Submissions due each Fall for presentation in April.

Undergraduate journals for publication can be found on our webpage.

Department Office
Carlos A. Escoto, Ph.D. Professor
Webb Hall, Rm. 132
phone number(860) 465-0263
fax number(860) 465-4541
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Advisory Council
Patricia Szczys, Ph.D. Associate Professor Biology
Niti Pandey, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Business
Mihyun Kang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Communication
Jianhua Lin, Ph.D. Professor Computer Science
Maryanne Clifford,Ph.D. Professor Economics
Xing Liu, Ph.D. Associate Professor Education
Maureen McDonnell, Ph.D. Associate Professor English
Dickson Cunningham, Ph.D. Associate Professor Environmental Earth Science
Ari de Wilde, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Health and Physical Education
Caitlin Carenen, Ph.D.  Associate Professor History
Megan Heenehan, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Math
Okon Hwang, Ph.D. Professor Performing Arts
Bill Salka, Ph.D. Professor Political Science
Joseph Dracobly, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Psychology
Kim Dugan, Ph.D. Professor Sociology
Gail Gelburd, Ph.D. Professor Visual Arts
Kin Chan, Ph.D. Assistant Professor World Languages & Cultures