Research Opportunities

Whether they are unraveling scientific mysteries, studying cultures around the globe or creating new artistic endeavors, Willamette undergraduates benefit from numerous opportunities to pursue artistic, scholarly and professional research.

Possibilities include:

  • Science Collaborative Research Program (SCRP): Students spend the summer researching collaboratively with a natural sciences professor. At the end of the program, they communicate their findings through a an on-campus oral presentation and a poster display at a regional conference.
  • Carson Undergraduate Research Grants: Open to any discipline, Carson Grants offer Willamette sophomores and juniors the chance to participate in scholarly, creative or professional summer research projects. About 10 grants of up to $3,000 are available each year, plus additional funds for supplies.
  • College Colloquium Student Research Grants: Grants of 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.
  • 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. They share their findings in the fall through on-campus oral presentations.
  • Presidential Scholarship: One or two juniors 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.
  • 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 or national conferences.
  • 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.
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