Research & Centers

It may sound counterintuitive that a small school offers myriad research opportunities and affiliated centers, but you’ll find that to be the case at Chatham. You’ll get to know your professors working closely on projects and find that they’re committed to hands-on learning in fields that make a real difference in the areas—social, ecological, scientific—that contribute to a brighter, healthier tomorrow for us all.

Lab & Field Research

Whether you’re standing in a stream, looking down into a petri dish, or somewhere in between, Chatham is the place to make eye-opening discoveries.

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Community-based Research

At Chatham University, our commitment to civic and community engagement is alive and well in our research programs.

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Faculty Research

Our faculty are involved in a wide-range of research initiatives, from writing books to affecting policy to changing our understanding of what it means to be human.

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Center for Women's Entrepreneurship (CWE)

The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship creates economic opportunities for women through entrepreneurial education and training, mentoring, and networking. CWE also provides programs and services geared to women in underserved communities and the challenges they face in starting and succeeding in business.

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Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is a non–partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action.

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Chatham Women's Institute

The Women’s Institute serves as a hub for the university’s mission of women’s leadership and gender equity. It offers a wide variety of education, research, and outreach programs, many open to the public.

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Center for Regional Agricultural, Food, and Transformation (CRAFT)

An affiliate of the MAFS program, CRAFT provides resources, learning opportunities, and technical assistance on food systems, regional food cultures, and sustainable economies to individuals, organizations, and businesses. It offers ample opportunities for students to be involved in assistantships, research, and project engagement.

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Undergraduate Student Christina Austin Awarded Research Fellowship

“My mom is a Chatham alumna,” says Christina Austin ’17, “but that didn’t factor into my decision to come here. Chatham was actually one of the last schools I looked at. But when I came to visit, I saw that I could connect with people and have a close mentorship with professors in a way that I might not be able to do at a larger university.”

Unveiling Eden Hall’s Precolonial History

Eden Hall Campus has a history that we at Chatham celebrate. The story, if you haven’t heard, is that Sebastian Mueller, an immigrant from Germany, bought Eden Hall Farm and used it (in part) as a retreat for women employees.  But that’s not the whole story. Today we know much more, thanks to Master of Arts in Food Studies student Rachel Waugh’s final project for her “Learning Through Food” class.