Division of Natural Sciences

Natural Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Prof. Claire Todd and students at Mt. Rainier part of summer research of glaciers on Monday, June 30, 2014. (Photo/John Froschauer)
Natural Sciences division presentation of summer faculty/student research projects PLU on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (Photo/John Froschauer)
Biology lab in Rieke at PLU on Thursday, March 19, 2015. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)
Max Mayther  and Sean Murphy working with Chemistry Prof. Justin Lytle on a research project PLU on Thursday, July 31, 2014. (Photo/John Froschauer)

Each summer approximately 30 students work together with faculty members on research projects that lead them on a path of discovery. The Natural Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program (NSSURP) engages students in active exploration involving both imagination and the thorough testing of ideas. Under a mentor’s one-on-one guidance during ten weeks of focused investigation, the student-researcher experiences a wider dimension of learning rarely accessible from the academic-year textbook and laboratory assignments. Through both the failures and the triumphs of research, students can gain confidence in their ability to face unknowns and to solve problems, can develop ways of thinking that typify researchers, and can appreciate the exhilaration of discovery. Student-researchers can then bring a richer understanding of the natural sciences to their future roles as professionals and as world citizens.

These summertime pursuits often result in the presentation of papers at professional meetings or publication in peer-reviewed journals, with undergraduates as co-authors.

Keep checking back for information on Summer 2016 application dates.

Non-PLU Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Click here to search National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU).