PLU emphasizes the importance of student research and creative projects. From summer-long student-faculty research projects in the natural sciences to student-directed plays in theatre, these opportunities have many benefits and help students explore and learn more in-depth about an area of study or future career path that interests them, gain invaluable hands-on experience and organizational skills, and learn to balance independent and collaborative work.
These research and creative experiences, along with the opportunity to work closely with faculty as mentors strengthen our students’ preparation for careers and graduate programs. Each year, students have the opportunity to present their research and creative activities at a campus-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium.
Building Better Batteries
In work funded by the National Science Foundation, two chemistry students and a professor spent the summer trying to make safer lithium-ion batteries.
Locating Landslide Hazards
Geoscience majors and a professor are using high-end drones to identify potential landslide hazards in Western Washington, which could help communities prepare for landslides.
Maker in the Making
Meet Jenny Kimura ’17, who works with Impact, the student-run advertising agency. She’s studying graphic design, publishing and printing arts, Latin, and art history.
Composing Lux Aeterna
Music Education major Jesús Gomez talks about the inspiration for composing ‘Lux Aeterna’, a piece later performed by PLU’s internationally renowned Choir of the West.