At Emmanuel, professors engage with students beyond the classroom, inviting them to participate in groundbreaking research and innovative thinking across a variety of disciplines. These collaborations between faculty and students are an integral part of the Emmanuel experience and the campus today is alive with the kind of interactive learning, personal connections, opportunities and outcomes that are simply not available everywhere.
Research is conducted right on campus in the Maureen Murphy Wilkens Science Center's state-of-the-art laboratories in groups such as the Neuroimmunology Research Project (NIRP), or on topics including first-generation immigrants in Boston, quality education and teachers at U.S. schools, and the study of brain plasticity. Faculty also utilize connections with world-class facilities in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA) and Greater Boston to allow Emmanuel students to become vanguards in the arena of undergraduate research.
Students are also encouraged to submit their academic papers, essays or creative works for publication or presentation at national conferences, opportunities that are rare at the undergraduate level. Recently, student work has appeared in Marco Polo Literary Magazine, Brain Research, Punkin House Digest, Epiphany Magazine and the Journal of Physics, while research has been presented at meetings of the Eastern Sociological Society, Northeastern Political Science Association, American Physical Society, National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology and the American Chemical Society.
Many of the research opportunities at Emmanuel support the College's mission of education and service to others. Emmanuel's Center for Mission & Spirituality and the Jean Yawkey Center for Community Leadership pioneered the Community Service Summer Fellowship Program in 2012. Students have the opportunity to work with many area organizations or to propose independent projects that combine research in their field alongside a service component.