Research and Experiential Learning

Research and Experiential Learning

Apply for a Fellowship

  • The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.  Contact Tanya Hayes for additional information.
  • The National Science Foundation offers undergraduate research opportunities through its Research Experience for Undergraduates Site Program.
  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates.
  • Challenge Detroit is a competitive leadership and professional development program that invites tomorrow's leaders to live, work, play, give and lead in and around the greater Detroit area.
  • Learn about additional fellowships and receive application support at the SU Office of Fellowships


Exciting News for Student Research

The Office of Fellowships would like to announce an exciting addition to its structure and programs. Programs related to student research that were formerly housed in the Office of Sponsored Research will now be included in a combined service for students. Dr. Theresa Earenfight will continue in her role as director and will be assisted with these programs by Dr. Molly Clark Hillard. Moving forward, the disbursement of student travel funding and the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association annual conference (SUURA) will be administered by Dr. Clark Hillard from this office.

This partnership will allow us to better mentor students as they engage in undergraduate and graduate research and explore post-graduate fellowships and grants. The re-organization will strengthen the existing structure in the following ways:

  • Networking and showcasing existing research initiatives across campus: we aim to support and foster the suite of research activities on campus that form a pipeline (from research practice and writing, to conference presentation or community partnerships, to publication, and finally to grants and fellowships).
  • Sharing faculty resources: we will highlight the natural link between faculty who work with students on research and scholarship and faculty who will mentor them as they apply for grants and fellowships to support that research.
  • Collaborating with other offices: we will work to engage students more closely with the centers and departments that focus on writing and editing, to help them complete grant applications, personal statements, and project proposals.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Dr. Theresa Earenfight at or Melissa Schade at 

Connect with Faculty Research

  • Hayes and Murtinho Conservation and Livelihoods in Latin America

Tanya Hayes, Ph.D and Felipe Murtinho, Ph.D have pursued research interests focusing on international environmental policies to support conservation and rural livelihoods in Latin America.  Students have worked with Professors Hayes and Murtinho on research in Ecuador.  

Contact Hayes or Murtinho for upcoming research opportunities.


  •  Wong Community Design Workshop

Professor Marie Wong teaches an annual service learning Community Design Workshop where students integrate planning methods and community building through a quarter-long project. Students analyze and develop strategies and recommendations in an urban development or design plan which is presented to the client.

Engage in Unique Student Research

Senior Capstone Project

As an EVST Senior, you will investigate an environmental problem of your choosing.  The problem must:

  • have both social and ecological dimensions
  • be of import for understanding and addressing current concerns related to sustainability and
  • be related to your Specialization

The issue may be of local, national or international concern, so long as it is identifiable and you can gather information on the issue.  All projects will use empirical data (often a mix of published studies, archival data and existent databases) to answer the research question.

Previous projects have considered:

  • equity and effectiveness of urban gardens
  • ways to improve access to farmers' markets
  • effective organizing practices for farmer-workers
  • policies to reduce urban run-off
  • the reintroduction of wolves

Present your work

You may choose to present your research at the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research. Through this annual conference, NCUR creates a unique environment for the celebration and promotion of undergraduate student achievement, provides models of exemplary research and scholarship and helps to improve the state of undergraduate education.

The Seattle University Undergraduate Research Journal highlights the research achievements of SU undergraduates through a peer-reviewed on-line publication.  Research includes any original quantitative or qualitative work that a student has conducted during their academic studies including theoretical works, policy analyses, research-based editorial pieces, Core writing and others. 



Undergraduate Research Award

The Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons is excited to announce the creation of a new Undergraduate Research Award.

To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled at Seattle University as an undergraduate student in any class level and have completed and submitted an original research project for an SU credit course.

The first place prize winner will receive $500 and the second and third place winners will receive $250.

Full details can be found at the Undergraduate Research Award site:

Undergraduate research is a key "high-impact" educational practice and is a growing part of undergraduate education programs at colleges and universities nationwide. We look forward to this opportunity to recognize, encourage and celebrate undergraduate student scholarship at SU, and are equally delighted to join the efforts of other initiatives on campus like SUURJ in the Office of Fellowships and Student Research, which is also a sponsor for this award.