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

Kerry Mandulak

The speech-language pathology profession is one of the least diverse in the country — a fact that the Pacific University School of Communication Sciences & Disorders is trying to change.

Amber Smith '20 conducts research

Pacific remains No. 1 for research among private universities in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, according to the National Science Foundation. The university also moved up to No. 8 in the Far West region, ranking among peers like Stanford and the University of Southern California.

Templeton and Osbrink

A team led by Pacific University alumna Ali Osbrink ’19 and including Pacific Biology Associate Professor Christopher Templeton is having a paper on songbird cognition published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, a prestigious UK-based scientific journal.