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Academic Research

Faculty & Student Research

Research at Endicott College is an important element in the academic programs of our undergraduate and graduate students. For our undergraduates, it is part of the culminating activity for all seniors, each of whom creates an original thesis project that involves in-depth study and discovery research in an area of interest within their major. Throughout their academic careers, students have the opportunity to participate in faculty research or to initiate independent study projects with faculty mentors in their areas of interest.

Graduate research at the Van Loan School supports faculty scholarship, publication, policy making, and problem solving, while contributing to the academic vitality of an academic community. All Endicott faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to engage in a broad range of research, scholarship, and innovative activities that contribute to larger disciplinary, professional, and campus discussions. 

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research at Endicott College takes place in several ways. The culminating activity for all seniors is the creation of an original thesis project that involves in-depth study and discovery research in an area of interest within the major. The students' internship experiences often become sources of inspiration and data for their thesis projects. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in faculty research or to initiate independent study projects with faculty mentors in areas of student interest. The collaborative relationship between student and faculty member often leads to co-authored publications and conference presentations. Undergraduate research broadens students’ understanding of their chosen disciplines and gives them a competitive edge when seeking employment or applying to graduate schools.

Graduate Research

Graduate-level research at the Van Loan School supports faculty scholarship, publication, policy making, and problem solving, while contributing to the academic vitality of an academic community. Van Loan School faculty and staff are encouraged to engage in a broad range of research, scholarship, and innovative activities that contribute to larger disciplinary, professional, and campus discussions. Students develop classroom research skills that encourage them to move beyond their academic coursework and participate in independent and faculty-student research initiatives.

Doctoral Research

Doctoral students at Endicott write a dissertation - a piece of original research that contributes to their fields of study. Typically, students begin by reviewing the literature to identify questions that current scholarship has not yet explored. They then carry out a study that addresses those questions, using rigorous methods of data collection, analysis, and reporting that meet the highest academic standards. Doctoral research prepares students to be scholar practitioners with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary for professional leadership careers in health, education, business, industry, government, and non-profits.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Endicott College is committed to the highest ethical, professional, and legal standards in all matters relating to research using human subjects. Endicott students and personnel engaged in research involving human subjects are required to follow the Endicott College Guide for Approval of Human-Subjects Research. Guidelines may be found in the Endicott College Faculty Handbook at academic department offices. The following must be considered when proposing and/or conducting research involving human subjects:

  • Faculty or supervisors should consult the Institutional Review Board (IRB) with questions regarding exemption standards or informed consent protocols.
  • Any thesis research involving Endicott students as subjects is discouraged and must be approved in advance by the thesis course instructor and the student’s dean before advancing to any necessary IRB review.
  • Research proposed by external investigators involving the use of Endicott students must be approved by the IRB.

Completed documentation of approved projects will be stored at the office of the appropriate academic department and the office of the vice president and dean of the undergraduate college. Any projects requiring approval of the IRB will also be stored by the chair of that committee.
Submission Dates (A "Full Review" Proposal takes roughly a month to be reviewed.) 

Endicott students and faculty, here's how to apply for an IRB Review.