Research

Discovery is a cornerstone of our mission. Study at the top private research university in the northwest.

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.

Headlines

Student Rachel Araiza

Research is like a puzzle for Rachel Araiza ’22. “I like trying to figure out what’s going on and being the first to figure it out,” said Araiza.

A love of the outdoors and biology led her to the Fernhill Wetlands in Forest Grove to examine the eating habits of the bullfrogs that live in the wetlands.

Jana Peterson-Besse & student Jessica Knoll

A new study raises awareness about the need for better prenatal healthcare and supports for women with disabilities. This research, from a Pacific University faculty member and an undergraduate student, looked at social media as a source of social support for pregnant women with disabilities.

Student accepts award at 2018 NUCH.

Eight English Literature and and Creative Writing majors have been selected to present original research at the 2019 Northwest Undergraduate Conference in the Humanities.