Research in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Research is an important part of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Students and faculty work together to conduct research on a wide variety of topics in laboratories and classrooms. Faculty in CEBS use a variety of methods to investigate questions relevant to counseling, education, leadership, and psychology.
All CEBS departments have opportunities for student involvement in research, and some offer course credit for research activities. With the help of faculty, students who conduct research in CEBS:
- Help design and plan research studies
- Collect data from adult and child research participants
- Analyze data and test hypotheses
- Present research findings at local, national, and international conferences
- Publish research findings in peer-reviewed academic journals
WKU students can apply for a $3000 Faculty Undergraduate Student Engagement (FUSE) grant to support their research! See the FUSE website for more information. Visit WKU Student Research for additional information on student funding opportunities.
These resources can guide faculty in their mentorship of undergraduate researchers:
Additional resources to support undergraduate research are available through the WKU Office of Research and Creative Activity.
Student Funding Opportunities
WKU has funding available to support students who are conducting and presenting research, including the Faculty Student Undergraduate Engagement (FUSE) program. FUSE grants provide funding for undergraduate students to conduct research and present their findings at a national conference.
Funding for student research and scholarship is also available through the Office of Research and Creative Activity, the Mahurin Honors College, the Office of Scholar Development, and The Graduate School.
CEBS has travel funding available for CEBS students who are presenting their research or scholarship at regional, national, or international conferences. See the CEBS Student Conference Travel Funding Guidelines for more information.
Faculty Funding Opportunities
WKU’s Research and Creative Activities Program (RCAP) is an internal mechanism for funding faculty research. Two levels of funding ($8,000 and $16,000) are available. See the RCAP website for important due dates and seminar schedules. Contact Jenni Redifer or The Office of Sponsored Programs for more information.
CEBS Quick Turn Around Grant (QTAG) funds are awards of up to $3000 to support critical and immediate research needs. Full-time faculty and instructors are eligible for QTAG funds, which must be spent within 90 days of the award date. See the QTAG FAQ or contact Jenni Redifer for more information. CEBS Microgrants are also available to CEBS faculty for smaller research and scholarship-related expenses. Contact Jenni Redifer for more information about CEBS Microgrant funding.
Faculty are encouraged to sign up for a PIVOT profile to receive individualized funding opportunity announcements. The CEBS Grants Specialist, Will Sutkowski, is available to help faculty with their external funding needs. The Grants Specialist helps CEBS faculty and staff prepare white papers, develop federal, state, and private foundation proposals, and search for appropriate funding. To request assistance from the CEBS Grants Specialist, please contact Jenni Redifer, Associate Dean for Research.
CEBS Policies for Research
For additional information about our research, see the faculty profiles in Counseling & Student Affairs, Educational Administration, Leadership, & Research, the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program, Psychology, and Teacher Education. To learn more about research collaboration opportunities in the College of Education & Behavioral Sciences, contact Jenni Redifer, Associate Dean for Research.