Western Research Council

The mission of the Western Research Council (WRC) is to raise the profile of both undergraduate and graduate students and faculty scholarship at Western and to expand opportunities for all students in all academic disciplines to engage in original research or creative work.


WRC promotes active student and faculty scholarship by:

  • supporting the Celebration of Scholarship each semester
  • providing forums for faculty presentations of research and creative work
  • facilitating access to research opportunities and funding sources
  • hosting workshops and presentations on mentoring undergraduate research
  • informing our community of these activities

 WRC Members

  • Kevin Alexander, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Chair Western Research Council
  • David Marchetti, Coordinator for Celebration of Scholarship, Chair Western Research Council
  • Patrick Magee, Director, Thornton Undergraduate Research Program in Biology
  • Angel De La Cruz Ramirez, Undergraduate Representative, Student Government Association
  • Sara Phillips, Director of LEAD and Orientation
  • Michael Vieregge, Professor of Business Administration, School of Business
  • Janice Welborn, Director of Sponsored Programs
  • Elizabeth Petrie, Moncrief Chair in Petroleum Geology, Department of Geology
  • Robert Cohen, Professor of Mathematics