In her role as director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (OURCA), Dr. Vinita Agarwal oversees the conceptualization and implementation of OURCA'S vision and mission in supporting the many forms of undergraduate research experience that constitute a Salisbury University education for our students.
Dr. Agarwal's primary imperative is to lead and establish the OURCA as the primary platform for supporting undergraduate research efforts at SU in all disciplinary forms and levels of engagement including faculty-mentored research and independent research within departments. Primary initiatives led by Dr. Agarwal at OURCA include to: build faculty-student mentor relationships across SU through creating a faculty-mentor network; build a collaborative of faculty researchers to prioritize undergraduate research goals across schools; develop ethics, methods, and process-related workshops; develop resources for successful research conceptualization, implementation, and presentation; define the research experience at SU through conducting a systematic survey of the definitions and forms of independent research and its evaluation across majors and disciplines; and provide support to undergraduate students for compliance, funding, and presentation of research at academic conferences.
Here are some examples of the topics you can schedule an appointment to discuss with Dr. Agarwal:
Dr. Agarwal's SU faculty page is here
Appointments (via GullNet only):
Appointments should be made through GullNet.
Brittany Kesteven is thrilled to be the full-time graduate assistant for OURCA. Her role at OURCA is to provide assistance with the development, administration, and outreach of OURCA programs, as well as providing assistance with data entry, research, collation, and creation of marketing material.
Brittany is from a little town called Smithsburg, in western Maryland. She is a proud graduate from Salisbury University, as she received a B.A. degree in Sociology and Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution with a minor in Communication, in 2013. This year, she is back and ready for more! She is currently pursuing graduate degree in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution and is expected to graduate in May 2018. Instead of running from conflict, Brittany seems to naturally gravitate towards it! She is truly passionate about alternative dispute resolution and restorative services. A little more about her, she loves the outdoors and she enjoys kayaking, and catching rays at the beach!
If research intimidates you, please feel free to visit Brittany in the brand new Academic Commons building! As a previous undergrad student at SU, she knows firsthand, what it is like to be exhausted, discouraged and downright frustrated with many of the activities that surround research papers, reports, and projects. Thus, it is OURCA’s goal to provide undergrad students with the resources necessary to succeed. Don’t be afraid to reach out to Brittany, as she we will always greet you with a smile, and provide you with a friendly, helping hand!
Office Hours: Spring 2017