Research

At Pacific University, discovery is a cornerstone of our mission. 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.

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Professor Andy Dawes & Kevin McGee '18 in the laser lab at Pacific

The NSF announced this month it had awarded Associate Professor Andrew Dawes, physics and a team of undergraduate researchers a third, three-year grant to study quantum optics. “I’m proud we can offer a lab environment with the same cutting-edge equipment you would find at top-tier institutions like Harvard and M.I.T.,” Dawes said.

Internships and undergraduate research are two of the ways you can gain valuable practice in your chosen area of study.