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Budding Scholars

Written by Mike Thee
May 20, 2011

The university’s commitment to undergraduate research was on full display as the Seattle University Undergraduate Research Association held its annual Celebration of Student Scholarship on May 20.  

The gathering featured research projects conducted by more than 100 SU students under the mentorship of 60 faculty members.

Some of the students—14 in all—also had a chance to present their research at the very prestigious National Conference of Undergraduate Research this spring at Ithaca College in New York, with the trip underwritten by the Provost’s Office. 

At the celebration, President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., spoke about the emerging presence of research in the SU undergraduate experience. “It’s very exciting that undergraduate research is becoming an inherent and necessary part of who we are,” he said. Looking ahead 10 years, Father Sundborg, added that “undergraduate research will continue to be more at the heart of what we’re about.”  

The keynote was delivered by Kristine Hope, ’04, left, who is completing her doctoral studies in Immunology at Cornell University. She spoke about the research she’s doing on hemorrhagic diseases in fish, and described the instrumental role SU played in her development as a researcher. “One of my first experiences of really connecting with application-based learning in the classroom was a biochemistry class that Vicky (Minderhout, professor of chemistry) and Jenny (Loertscher, assistant professor of chemistry) taught us.” 

Hope was introduced by Kristi Skogerboe, professor of chemistry, who, with Sharon Cumberland, associate professor of English, is co-advisor of the Seattle University Research Association. Sue Jackels, professor of chemistry and director of the Office of Research Services and Sponsored Programs, is executive advisor of the research association.

Visit SUURA Program for the event program for the May 20 celebration, which includes a full listing of the participating undergraduate students, their projects and the faculty mentors.