Undergraduate Research

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Pacific Undergraduate Research Program: Opportunities for Student Exploration

The central idea behind the program's purpose is that a special synergy occurs when undergraduate students and faculty bring their combined curiosity together in a creative endeavor. The faculty members bring well-honed skills and experience while the students bring a fresh perspective and enthusiasm. Faculty are able to engage on long-term projects, while students participate in shorter segments of the research, sometimes doing their own studies which result in senior projects

Why We Focus on Research

  • We recognize that research and creative activity invigorates, animates and enhances teaching
  • We know that some of the of most effective teaching takes place in the laboratory and in the field
  • We see a benefit in bringing students and faculty together to examine historical works
  • We know that together we produce original work that animates and advances our disciplines

How Research Takes Shape

  • We provide opportunities for undergraduate students and faculty to collaboratively engage in research and creative activities
  • Students who successfully apply for summer research receive a $3,500 stipend to work
  • Students and faculty collaborate on research primarily during the summer months
  • Most of the research is done in faculty research spaces
  • Students team up with a faculty member for 10 weeks on collaborative research projects
  • Some students and faculty members do field work or go to other sites in order to do their research