Award for Undergraduate Research
Each year, the Center for Catholic Faith and Culture joins the Office of Research in supporting outstanding research and scholarship among undergraduate students at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium (URSS).
The Center recognizes and rewards research from any discipline that aligns with Duquesne’s Catholic, Spiritan mission, particularly our commitments to:
the dignity and equality of all persons
working with vulnerable populations for systemic change
preserving justice, peace, and integrity of creation.
The Center presented the 2019 Common Good Research Award of $250 to the following student:
Shawn Robinson I Political Science and History
"A Modern Reflection on the Colonization of Puerto Rico"
Shawn's project used historical analysis of political, legal and economic structures to understand the disparities those living in Puerto Rico face as well as how US policies have affected the rights and quality of life of the state's citizens.
What types of research projects are eligible for the Common Good award?
Research projects in the liberal arts, business, the professions, the sciences, and music all bear on our prospects for nurturing the common good.
The common good refers to the array of tangible and intangible social conditions (e.g., food, shelter, education, healthcare, happiness, human dignity) that are necessary to promote the flourishing and well-being of all persons. Supporting and working for such universal rights is a foundational pillar of the Catholic faith which advocates for a more just society for all, regardless of economic or social status, faith tradition, race, culture, etc.
Your research might include, but is not limited to, projects that address:
• Specific social problems, such as health disparities, climate change, racism, or education inequality
• Theoretical approaches to global issues such as human rights and theories of justice
• Religious traditions, including or beyond Catholicism, and their import on making the world a better place (e.g., promoting tolerance, social justice, etc.).
Learn more about The Common Good
How will projects be evaluated?
All students whose research projects are accepted for the URSS will be considered for the Common Good Award if their projects meet the following criteria:
Topical relevance for the Common Good
• Focused primarily on a topic that is pertinent to the common good of persons
• Demonstrated alignment with Duquesne's Catholic, Spiritan mission
• Engagement with resources (concepts, theories, scholars, texts, communities, etc.) from Catholic or other religious traditions.
• Clearly defined research agenda
• Demonstrated familiarity with relevant literature
• Depth of analysis
• Critical thinking and originality
Communication of research
• Organization and clarity
• Effective use of poster format
How to apply
Please follow the Rules and Regulations established by the Office of Research.