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Acting Provost Joanna Gregson discusses how PLU faculty members embrace their identity as teacher-scholars, and the value of “learning by doing” for students who engage in collaborative research opportunities.

PLU DNP graduate students posing for a group picture

Shaping Health Care

PLU’s first doctoral program trains nurse practitioners for lives of leadership. The Doctor of Nursing Practice cohort members share their practice-improvement and program-development projects and how they affected patient outcomes.

Sachsenhausen Concentration camp in Sachsenhausen, Germany near Berlin

Protectors Turned Perpetrators

Sophia Mahr ’18 analyzed how and why medical providers repeatedly and deliberately harmed people in the name of medical science by conducting non-consensual experiments on their subjects.

Tarka Wilcox getting his research drone ready for takeoff

Summer of Science

For some, summer is a time for play. For others, it’s a time for work. But for many at PLU, it’s a time for a little bit of both — through science. The Division of Natural Sciences at PLU offers rigorous opportunities for inquiry and discovery each summer through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Here is a collection of some of this year’s participants.

Landon Packard '17, poses with the lights and a Puyallup PD car behind

Emotional Labor

Landon Packard ’17 says it’s time to rescue the rescuers. The sociology major researched first responders’ emotional labor — the process of managing emotions to satisfy the requirements of a job.

Anna Jessen poses in downtown Seattle tunnel with the Link light rail and busses

Economics Students Expand Possibilities

Four PLU women from the Department of Economics present their research at a national undergraduate conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Learn more about their topics, ranging from public transportation to professional golf.

A whale sticks its tail out of the water in Hawaii

A Different Kind of Whale Watching

While many of their classmates braved a chilly winter back in Parkland, three Lutes sat on a beach in Hawaii watching whales. No, it wasn’t vacation. It was research.

Prof. Gina Hames and Sandra Estrada work in the library at PLU

Rigorous Project Inspires First-Year’s Path

A happy accident landed Sandra Estrada ’20 in her “Global Human Rights” course. It resulted in research on child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, which she presented at an academic symposium at PLU.