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Research and Grants

Research is an integral part of the curriculum at Mercy College--and an important part of the teaching and learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students alike. Research at Mercy aims to contribute to the community, the economy, and scholarly discoveries and creation. Through a range of services and efforts, the Office of the Provost supports faculty, staff, and students by cultivating scholarship and research, encouraging and supporting research in emerging areas, and promoting individual researchers and partnerships in order to advance basic and applied knowledge.

Research and the Community

Much of the research conducted by faculty at Mercy College focuses on community issues and has strong potential for community impact. Through study of health, behavioral, organizational, or educational interventions, Mercy faculty are actively engaged in research that tests and demonstrates how to promote effective change that can improve our communities. Working closely with community partners around our region, Mercy faculty also study optimal ways of implementing tested interventions in effective fashion.

The Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) supports the work of Mercy College faculty and staff in seeking external funding for research, teaching, and related endeavors. The OSP represents a font of information regarding grants and fellowships guidelines, resources, and potential funding sources--and offers a range of pre- and post-award services.

Research Salon

The Mercy College Research Salon is a series of gatherings conducted every month by and for faculty to discuss and advance research ideas, methods, resources, and related areas of concern. Discussions range over faculty members' specific research as well as broader issues and challenges. The Salon meetings are open to the College community, and are coordinated by Professor Shari Berkowitz (sberkowitz@mercy.edu).

Library Research Resources

The Mercy College Libraries provide access to essential information supporting research and scholarship.  The Library collection includes over 22,000 journals and scholarly publications via electronic databases and e-journal subscriptions.  Books, ebooks, and other digital resources can be located via the catalog. The Library also enjoys benefits of memberships in tri-state area consortia and associations that provide faculty additional access to needed materials held by other library collections.  For further information and more detailed listings of resources, please visit the Mercy College Libraries research page, or contact a librarian for assistance.

Undergraduate Research

Mercy College is committed to broadening participation among students in authentic research in collaboration with faculty. Currently, Mercy students participate in research through a variety of programs, including the McNair Scholars program, Title V Step Up to STEM program, Robert Noyce/MISTI program, and the Mercy College Honors Program. Undergraduate research, as defined by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), is "inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline". A proud member of CUR, Mercy College is strongly committed to promoting undergraduate research opportunities, as well as graduate student research opportunities, across the disciplines--as a recognized AAC&U high-impact educational practice.

Faculty Accomplishment Reports

The annual Faculty Accomplishment Report is a record of significant academic, scholarly, service, public engagement, and community achievements and awards among Mercy College faculty.

Mercy College provides a number of opportunities for faculty to advance their scholarship, research, and service projects through internal awards. These opportunities include the Provost's Travel Fund, which pay for a portion of travel expenses of faculty who have an active role at recognized scholarly meetings; Faculty Development Grants, which support scholarship as broadly defined by the Boyer model; and Faculty Development Course Releases, which support research and scholarship projects that aim towards development of proposals for external support.

The Mercy College Institutional Review Board (IRB) conducts continuing review of research at intervals appropriate to the degree of risk to human participants. The College is committed to ethical principles for the protection of human participants in research, as set forth in the Belmont Report of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research. The College recognizes and accepts responsibility, which it shares with its investigators and other researchers, for determining that research involving human participants fulfills these ethical principles. The basic ethical principles outlined in the Belmont Report that guides the Institutional Review Board's deliberations and decision-making includes respect for persons, beneficence, and justice.