Student Research Opportunities

WT offers a number of opportunities for students to engage in research, whether chasing a question that interests you or working with a faculty member on their own projects. 

Below we've listed a couple of the most common options. If you're interested in exploring your options, please contact your advisor, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, or the Department Chair to find something that works for you. 

The President's Undergraduate Student Research Grants

These grants, of up to $3500, support students doing an independent research project with a faculty sponsor. Applications are typically due in Fall, so talk to potential sponsors early, so you can map out a budget and a plan. 

Funds are available for both creative and research projects. Recent awards for EPML students have included a study of Alice in Wonderland adaptations and a book of poetry exploring feminist adaptation of Greek myths.

You can visit the Sponsored Research Services website for more information or email Dr. Matthew Harrison in this department ( 

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program aims to prepare undergraduate students for academic research at the doctoral level. Open to students from unrepresented backgrounds the program allows 13 students each year to complete a faculty-mentored research project, with a stipend. 

More information is available at the McNair Scholars website.

The Center for the Study of the American West

The Center for the Study of the American West (CSAW) offers an evershifting set of paid internships that combine research, public outreach, and office duties. 

CSAW interns frequently present their work both locally and at scholarly conferences. 

For more information, visit the CSAW website or contact Dr. Alex Hunt (

The Capstone

The culmination of the English BA is our senior capstone course, in which students research independently, with a faculty mentor, and expand a paper written for another class into an academic presentation and a sustained research paper.