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Rhetoric and communication studies students are some of the most active on campus in independent and collaborative research. RHCS faculty members enjoy sharing their research with interested students. Students are encouraged to pursue their ideas and interests through a research project under the close supervision of a faculty mentor. Some of these projects can lead to presentations at national and international conferences and even to publication in peer-reviewed journals.

For students who think they may want to continue their studies at the graduate level or who simply want to pursue more in-depth research opportunities, the School of Arts & Sciences offers a number of summer research fellowships to students who want to stay on campus and receive support for research with a faculty advisor. Their work may ultimately relate to their senior thesis or they may choose to work on an entirely different project. Typically, summer research results in some sort of measurable project at its conclusion, either a paper or presentation. The School of Arts & Sciences also offers students travel stipends if they want to present their research at regional or national conferences or meetings.