Research

Discovery is a cornerstone of our mission at Pacific University.

At Pacific, investment in research is investment in discovery across the curriculum. It affords us the opportunity to recruit top-notch expert faculty, as well as offer undergraduate and graduate students alike meaningful opportunities to advance their knowledge and contribute to the global community.

Since 2019, Pacific University has been the No. 1 private research university in the Pacific Northwest and among the Top 10 in the West, maintaining a $25 million-plus active grant portfolio.

Supported by the Office of Scholarship & Sponsored Projects, Pacific University faculty — and students — conduct and publish research ranging from the natural sciences to the arts and humanities and from cancer treatment to behavioral health and aging.

Headlines

Dr. Chen 7 Kylee Seto '23

Faculty and a student from the School of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training presented research at the 17th International Symposium of 3-D Analysis of Human Movement (3D-AHM) in Tokyo, Japan. 

Lagrange points model

Following a grant from the Oregon National Space Grant Consortium, physics alumnus Huy Nguyen '21, along with Physics Professor Todd Duncan built a three-dimensional model showing the optimal orbit for spacecraft to "park" between the earth and moon. The model will be exhibited at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville.

Biology Professor Chris Templeton

The National Science Foundation has awarded a three-year, $350,000 grant to Biology Professor Chris Templeton to further his study into the ways human-caused traffic noise affects birds' cognitive abilities.