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Research Opportunities

Graduate-level research at Eastern reaches across a variety of scholarly endeavors, from artistic expression, to scholarship of teaching and learning, community engagement and traditional research.

We understand that advanced research requires first-rate equipment and facilities. Eastern has recently invested more than $130 million in classroom and lab renovations and expansions to foster interdisciplinary work. The Halle Library collection includes more than one million books, journals, digital media, maps and government documents. The University Archives also house unique collections for specialized scholarship.

In addition, Eastern has more than a dozen dedicated research centers and institutes that promote graduate-level scholarship. These include the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Center for Regional and National Security and the Institute for the Study of Children, and others.

Each year, Eastern celebrates graduate student scholarship and creative work during its Graduate Research Conference. Students share oral and poster presentations of theses, dissertations, internship experiences and other scholarly projects. Presentations include all five of EMU's colleges and 28 academic departments and schools. Among the recent award-winning papers submitted to the Graduate Research Conference are:

  • "The Impact of Breast Cancer Education on Knowledge and Breast Self-Examination Practice among Korean American Women." Corinne Lee, MSN, RN, School of Nursing
  • "Moving Forward by Playing Back: Using Drama to Unpack the Experience of Joblessness." Amanda Grazioli, MA, Applied Drama and Theatre for the Young
  • "Arab American Perspectives on Counseling." Shadin Atiyeh, MA, Department of Leadership and Counseling

Eastern's Office of Research Development supports faculty, staff and students who seek funding from external agencies for research and special projects. Services include budget preparation, project management assistance, grant-writing workshops and more. The many projects overseen by this office received more than $12.5 million in 2011 from federal, state and local governments; business and industry leaders; and foundations.

The depth and breadth of research activity, coupled with engaged and supportive faculty and staff, makes Eastern the ideal place for graduate students to pursue serious scholarship .