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Center for Creative Inquiry

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The mission of the Keene State College Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI) is to foster a culture of undergraduate research and creative inquiry by supporting unique, rigorous, and transformative academic experiences that focus on the collaboration between students and faculty mentors. Keene State College’s liberal arts mission places great value on intensive learning experiences that give students the opportunity to develop as critical and creative thinkers, innovative problem solvers, and engaged citizens. The Center for Creative Inquiry supports this mission by promoting undergraduate research and creative endeavors in multiple ways, such as:

  • Awarding grants for academic-year and summer research
  • Distributing funds to support student travel to conferences, exhibitions, symposia and other academic and professional meetings or events
  • Providing funding for field experience opportunities
  • Supporting the development of faculty mentors
  • Organizing and hosting campus events that showcase student and faculty scholarship
  • Cultivating donor gifts to increase support for undergraduate research and creative endeavors

Faculty Coordinators

The Center for Creative Inquiry is administered by faculty co-coordinators.

  • Dr. Nicholas Germana (School of Arts & Humanities), 358-2632
  • Dr. Margaret Smith (School of Professional & Graduate Studies), 358-2862
  • Dr. Jason Pellettieri (School of Sciences & Social Sciences), 358-2380

Administrative support for the Center is provided by:

  • Ms. Linda Farina, Administrative Assistant, 358-2900

Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Keene State College is a member of the Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR), a national organization that supports and furthers the cause of undergraduate learning through research in all disciplines. Please visit the Mason Library to view copies of CUR Quarterly, the official publication of this organization.

Faculty-student research teams publishing research or scholarly work throughout the year should consider submitting a synopsis to CUR for inclusion in their Undergraduate Research Highlights feature of the publication. In addition to our membership in CUR, Keene State College demonstrates its commitment to undergraduate research in a variety of ways. Please take some time to explore the information on this page.

Research Materials & Support through The Mason Library

To understand the uniqueness of your original research, you first need to know its place in your subject area. To do this, the librarians at Mason Library are available to consult with you one-on-one, so you can mine all of the data available from the rich array of resources physically and virtually available through the library. The library subscribes to approximately one hundred databases. Having the help of an expert information specialist can streamline your research efforts.

If you want to work with primary source materials, Mason Library also has several collections that might be of interest. From original manuscripts to images of indigenous peoples, the archives contain a treasure trove awaiting discovery. The library’s archivist can help you uncover our holdings which you can turn into your original research.

Internal Funding Opportunities for Students

Undergraduate Research and Creative Grants

OSPR administers the Undergraduate Research and Creative Grants program, which provides limited funding for student-led research projects and creative endeavors under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students receiving funding present the results of their work at the annual KSC Academic Excellence Conference in the spring.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The OSPR offers a limited number of summer undergraduate research fellowships on a competitive basis. These fellowships allow talented students to spend a portion of their summer conducting research or carrying out a creative project that makes an original contribution to their chosen discipline, extending learning beyond the academic year.

External funding opportunities also exist to support student travel and research. Check out the External Funding Opportunities tab below for additional resources.

Student Conference Fund

The Student Conference Fund provides funding to support students wishing to attend and/or present their scholarly/creative work at a professional conference. This Fund is not administered by OSPR. Please visit the link provided for application procedures. More about Internal Funding Opportunities for Students

External Funding Opportunities for Students

A variety of external funding opportunities exist for talented students interested in pursuing research during their undergraduate careers and beyond. Listed below are a are a number of opportunities offered on a regular basis. Additional opportunities can also be found through the following searchable databases (UROP or webGuru) Please discuss the possibilities with your faculty mentor and/or OSPR. More about External Funding Opportunities for Students

Presenting Your Scholarly Work

Keene State College Academic Excellence Conference

Each spring Keene State College holds its own annual AcademicExcellence Conference which showcases student work and gives students the opportunity to experience the professional practice of preparing and submitting a proposal, and presenting their work in a public forum. The conference is typically attended by students, faculty, staff, family members, community members, legislators, and the USNH Board of Trustees. Those interested in presenting at the conference should work closely with their faculty mentor to develop the project and conference proposal.

National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

offers an opportunity for undergraduates around the country to convene and share their scholarly work. Please visit the website for additional details, and discuss the possibility of submitting a proposal with your faculty mentor.

New England Undergraduate Sociology Research Conference

Sociology students from throughout New England gather together each spring to present their research at the New England Undergraduate Sociology Research Conference. The conference provides a supportive atmosphere for student to present their first professional papers. For more information, contact conference organizer Professor Gregg Lee Carter.

Interested in funding opportunities that support travel to conferences or fieldwork? That support undergraduate research or fellowships? That support graduate fellowships? Check out the Internal Funding Opportunities and External Funding Opportunities tabs for information on a variety of resources.

Publishing Your Scholarly Work


online Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) undergraduate research journal

  • Part of COPLAC’s effort to highlight some of the best recent work in undergraduate research
  • Each semester, faculty committees at COPLAC member campuses select two outstanding projects for inclusion in Metamorphosis
  • Interested KSC students must contact Dr. Nick Germana for more information about submitting publication proposals

International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities

The International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities is a peer-reviewed, open access journal dedicated to the publication of outstanding scholarship by undergraduates and their mentors. The Journal accepts submissions of research articles, fiction, poetry, photography, videos, and other creative works from undergraduate students in all academic disciplines. Interested KSC students should contact Dr. Nick Germana for more information about submitting publication proposals.

Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship

  • journal supported by Fairfield University

Fairfield University encourages all undergraduates who have articles that reflect global citizenship or social responsibility to submit their work to be published through their Undergraduate Journal of Global Citizenship. Deadline for submission to the 4th issue is May 31, 2013. Contact Nick Germana for more information.

Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research

Journal supported by Pennsylvania State University.

Invites undergraduates to pursue their own intellectual projects and contribute to existing knowledge in service learning, community-based research, and all related curriculum- and/or research-based public/community engagement activities. This journal publishes work in 6 categories:

  • Reflective Essays
  • Analytical Essays
  • Research done for a community organization, accompanied by a reflective analysis
  • Research articles about service-learning, community-based research, or other related topics
  • Open Category
  • Comments & Responses

Contact Becca Berkey for more information about submitting.

Contact the Office of Sponsored Projects and Research

Please visit our staff page for a directory of contacts for various sponsored projects and research functions.