Undergraduate research is an inquiry or exploration of a topic within an academic discipline by a student that makes an original contribution to the field of study.
Getting involved in student research is a great way to further explore your academic passions and interests. Research opportunities are available for all academic disciplines. The Student Research Program can assist you with organizing, funding, presenting, and even publishing your own research.
Student Research Program opportunities include:
For more information about the latest SU student research opportunities, visit the Student Research Program site.
The Environmental Studies Department offers small financial grants to support student research projects and attendance at professional conferences related to sustainability or the environment. The Application for Funds to Support Student Research is accepted on a rolling basis and awards are subject to fund availability.
As an EVST student, you will complete a capstone research project. The issue may be of local, national or international concern, so long as it is an identifiable problem about which you can gather information. The problem that you choose to investigate must:
You will use empirical data (often a mix of published studies, archival data and existent databases) to answer your research question.
Previous Capstone Projects have considered equity and effectiveness of urban gardens, ways to improve access to farmers' markets, effective organizing practices for farm workers, policies to reduce run-off and the reintroduction of wolves.
“Dr. Murtinho and I traveled with four SU students to Ecuador where we have been researching the impact of a conservation program on rural peoples’ livelihoods and their land-use behaviors. I love working with students on my research projects as I find that fieldwork brings the classroom to life and students always offer fresh perspectives on environmental problems and possible solutions.”
Dr. Tanya Hayes
The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust recently awarded a grant to Seattle University EVST Professor Heidi Liere to be used by her and her students to further study beneficial insects in Seattle’s urban community gardens. Dr. Liere and her students are working to understand whether the quantity, quality and connectivity of green spaces nearby – urban parks, forests – affect insects in the gardens, especially beneficial insects like pollinators and those that provide natural pest control by eating aphids, caterpillars, white flies and more.