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Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Dr. Amy Tillerson and students in the Grafton Library

Zora Neale Hurston once commented: ‘Research is formalized curiosity.
It is poking and prying with a purpose.’ Challenge yourself to ‘poke and pry.’
– Dr. Amy Tillerson, assistant professor of history

Undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity represents Mary Baldwin College’s commitment to developing students who not only know but do.

From field to studio, from library to laboratory, from far-away places to right next door, our students know there are multiple ways to find the answer. Whether it’s investigating medieval frescos in an Italian cathedral or collecting feather and blood samples from songbirds to quantify differences in parasite loads, research, scholarship, and creative activity are paramount at MBC.

URSC at MBC means:


  • in the pursuit of new knowledge and creative directions;
  • in one-on-one faculty mentorships and peer collaborations;
  • in partnership with institutions like the American Shakespeare Center and the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace and Presidential Library.


  • how to put knowledge into action;
  • how your skills and perspectives can make a contribution to society;
  • how to develop your voice through an independent senior project.

Sharing Results

  • finding your voice and sharing it with others;
  • presenting in the annual Capstone Festival of senior projects.