The McDonough Center promotes research as one of its core activities. This effort contributes to the growing body of knowledge related to the study of leadership. As an emerging field, Leadership Studies has gained prominence in American higher education. Through our scholarly projects, we seek to add to our knowledge and understanding of leadership. Faculty and students participate in research at McDonough. In the past, student teams have worked with Harvard University on the “America's Best Leaders” project in conjunction with the U.S. News and World Report. In April 2010, we launched the inaugural "Women in Leadership" Conference.