Academic Impact and Enrichment

Some of the most life-changing moments in a college student's education can occur during experiences outside the walls of a classroom. At Gardner-Webb University, our students explore the world through field research, internships, study abroad, and community and global service.

With the one-on-one guidance of a faculty member, a student discovers a lifelong passion by conducting original research. Travel to other countries affords the study of fascinating cultures and academic disciplines. Internships and professional experiences offer vital training and networking to prepare for successful careers. Through service opportunities, students offer hope for humanity while forming friendships with others who desire the same positive change.

It is through focused, intentional adventures such as these that Gardner-Webb students develop life skills to grow as individuals and professionals, while also discovering numerous avenues to positively impact and ignite the lives of others.


Alice Byrd

Alice Byrd, '18


Alice Byrd, '18, took advantage of cultural immersion programs to study art in Italy.

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Shaquavia Chiles

Shaquavia Chiles, '17


Shaquavia Chiles, '17, developed a handbook for K-12 teachers with English-as-a-Second-Language students in their classrooms.

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Emily Hamilton

Emily Hamilton, '18


Emily Hamilton, '18, participated in a mission trip to help victims of human trafficking at the Atlanta Dream Center.

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Kathryn Manning

Kathryn Manning, '18


Kathryn Manning, '18, participated in a study abroad trip to Costa Rica and learned a new way to look at life, other people, and places.

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Ben Payne

Ben Payne, '14


Ben Payne, '14, helped provide sustainable nutrition to the residents of one of central Guatemala's most impoverished villages.

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Jacob Walley

Jacob Walley, '17


Jacob Walley, '17, conducted research on the largest marine oil spill in history in the Gulf of Mexico.

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