The Pacific Undergraduate Research Conference is returning to an in-person format this fall on Nov. 10. Students interested in presenting must register by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. For many presenters, these research projects will become the basis of their senior capstone project. Pacific is the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest, and as such, has a reputation for mentoring its undergraduate students especially in the areas of scientific and creative research.
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Pacific University is the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and ranks No. 10 on the West Coast, among the likes of USC and Stanford. We encourage research to produce new insights and to find creative ways of solving old problems.
Our faculty members are dedicated teachers, as well as experts in their fields. Our students benefit greatly from the opportunity to work alongside professors in meaningful exploration and research. Our Office of Scholarship & Sponsored Projects provides a wide range of possibilities for our students and faculty.
Students in the College of Optometry work with professors and practitioners in the Vision Performance Institute and the world's first 3D vision clinic, where they explore everything from vision ergonomics to contact lenses to disorders associated with viewing emerging 3D media.
Students in the College of Education gain valuable experience as they travel globally, investigate best practices in creating student-centered learning environments, and get hands-on experience with students in Pacific's Early Learning Community.
And, of course, students and faculty in the College of Health Professions conduct medical research that is contributing to the understanding and treatment of diseases throughout the world — from hypertension to internal parasites.
Aspen Shirley '21 is conducting research with Pacific University Psychology Professor Heidi Island to study behavior differences between wild and captive North American river otters. “I never thought I’d be given this opportunity, so I’m just incredibly grateful, and it’s all thanks to Pacific University and of course Dr. Heidi Island.”
The Pacific University Undergraduate Research Scholarship Creative Inquiry Summer Institute (URSCI) is organizing a new project in hopes of facilitating a stronger community through the power of sharing stories. The goal of this project is to both foster feelings of hope as well as acknowledge the hopelessness people may feel at various times in their lives.