Research and Experiential Learning

Apply for a Scholarship, Fellowship or Research Grant

  • 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 Truman Scholarship is the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders.
  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates.
  • the Public Policy and International Affairs Program helps students achieve a Master’s or joint degree, typically in public policy, public administration, international affairs or a related field.
  • The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management offers a fellowship that supports the travel and participation of up to 40 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the APPAM Fall Research Conference. 
  • The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) brings ten (10) undergraduates from underrepresented groups to the ARNOVA annual conference to attend a workshop on paths to higher education, ideally in the field of nonprofit, philanthropic and voluntary action studies.  
  • The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation
  • 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

Engage in Unique Student Research

Senior Capstone Project

As a Public Affairs Senior, you will investigate an identifiable public or social problem about which you are capable of gathering information.  The problem you choose should:  

  • Have social, policy or organizational dimensions
  • Be of broad theoretical and practical importance
  • Be of local, state, national or international concern
  • Be related to your concentration    

You will use empirical data (often a mix of published studies, archival data and existent databases) to answer the research question.

Recent Capstone Projects include:

  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Rapid Rehousing in Reducing Family Homelessness
  • Food Literacy for the Future: Impact of School-Based Food Education on Youth
  • Bridging the Value-Action Gap for Reducing, Reusing, Recycling through Environmental Communication Best Practices
  • The Efficacy of Community Based and Restorative Justice Programs in Lowering Juvenile Recidivism Rates
  • Alternative Discipline: A National Review and Recommendations for Program Implementation
  • Syringe Services Program as HIV Prevention: Addressing Critiques and Geographic Disparity of Coverage
  • Effective Methods of Arts Advocacy and Funding for Seattle’s Creative Advantage Initiative

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 Office of Fellowships

How can the Office of Fellowships help me?

The Office of Fellowships and the Student Research Program collaborate to support students and alumni from all Colleges who want to apply for merit-based grants, fellowships, conferences, and other long-term goalsThe Student Research Program works with the Office of Fellowships to support undergraduate research with SU-sponsored grants and an undergraduate research conference. 

The Office of Fellowships

Engage with the Local Community

The Seattle University Youth Initiative (SUYI) unites the University and the wider Seattle community to develop successful youth, thriving communities and an engaged neighborhood. The Initiative strives to strengthen education and support systems for 1,000 neighborhood youth and their families while enhancing the University by providing service, learning and research experience to students, faculty, and staff. 

Launched in February 2011, the Youth Initiative has quickly become the largest community engagement project in the institution’s history and a signature element of the University. 

The SUYI is staffed by the University’s Center for Community Engagement, the main entry point for students, faculty, and staff for all forms of community engagement, including direct service, community-based research, social entrepreneurship, and advocacy.


Contact Us

Tanya Hayes, PhD

Associate Professor and Director Casey 210-05


Kimberly Gawlik, JD

Senior Administrative Assistant Casey 210


SU Undergraduate Research Award


  • Individual Project Prize: The first place prize winner will receive $500. Second and third place winners will each receive $250.
  • NEW! Group Project Prize: The first place prize winning group will receive $1000. The $1000 prize will be split evenly among identified project members.
  • The prize award funds will be awarded as a grant to students' accounts through Student Financial Services.

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 during summer 2018, fall 2018, winter 2019, or spring 2019.  Spring 2019 work will be considered but the project must be completed by time of submission.

Complete applications must be submitted by Monday, June 3rd, 2019.  Full details can be found at the Undergraduate Research Award site: as well as information about our 2018 Award winners.

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 equally delighted to join the efforts of other initiatives on campus like SUURA and SUURJ in the Office of Fellowships and Student Research who is also a sponsor for this award.