Additional Academic Opportunities

Our students engage in meaningful, hands-on academic opportunities that often lead to published results in journals, national fellowships or public presentations — opportunities many other students don’t have until graduate school.

Explore the possibilities:

Carson Undergraduate Research Grants

Open to any discipline, Carson Grants offer Willamette undergraduates opportunities to participate in scholarly, creative or professional summer research projects. About 10 grants of up to $3,000 are available each year.

China Debate Education Network

Willamette is partnering with five other Universities in the US to support the China Debate project. Students will attend approximately 23 major events each year in the Peoples Republic of China

College Colloquium Student Research Grants

Grants up to $3,500 are available to first-year students interested in researching a topic related to their College Colloquium program, a first-semester course that immerses incoming students in the liberal arts environment.

Debate Union

The Debate Union provides opportunities for students to improve their skills in argumentation, advocacy, and public performance. It is designed to serve students who want to make debate a central part of their college experience and those who want it to be one aspect of a varied college education.

iHuman Sciences Initiative

Students collaborate with faculty on research that ties exercise science or psychology to other disciplines. Research is conducted during the summer or the academic year. Students and faculty present their research on campus and at regional and national conferences.

Keck Art & Technology

In June of 2004, Willamette University received a grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to develop a collaborative interdisciplinary program in the arts and technology.

Learning by Creating

Students in the arts, humanities and humanistic social sciences are provided new opportunities for artistic creation and expression in faculty-guided summer research projects. Faculty are provided opportunities that aim to infuse digital technology and multimedia creative production more broadly in the curriculum as well as opportunities for further mid-career development.

Liberal Arts Research Collaborative (LARC 2.0)

Students and faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences work together on research teams during the summer.

Presidential Scholarship

Two undergraduates each year from any discipline receive this scholarship for one full semester's tuition for their senior year or a $5,000 graduate fellowship. It also includes $2,500 for research expenses the summer preceding their senior year.

Science Collaborative Research Program (SCRP)

Students spend nine weeks during the summer researching collaboratively with a natural sciences professor. At the end of the program, they communicate their findings through a written paper and oral presentations.

Student Scholarship Recognition Day (SSRD)

SSRD is a day for students to share the fruits of their research, to present musical, theatrical, and dance performances, and to display works of art to fellow students, faculty, family, and friends.

Willamette Science Outreach Program (WSOP)

Each year, eight female biology, chemistry, environmental science, and physics majors serve as mentors to foster scientific curiosity and understanding, and to provide encouragement to pursue an interest in science, math, and engineering to 5th-grade students.