As an undergraduate who seeks to pursue a career in the competitive STEM fields, participation in an independent research project can put you ahead of the pack. In the College of Science and Engineering, undergraduates in science, engineering, mathematics and computer science have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty researchers on projects that address contemporary problems. This real-world research will prepare you for top graduate programs and postdoctoral training at internationally recognized institutions.
Research experience extends beyond what you learn in the classroom, assisting your development as a creative, persistent and responsible leader. You may even graduate as the co-author of a scientific publication.
Seattle University is committed to making research experiences available to as many students as possible. We have established a strong undergraduate research program and the College of Science and Engineering has committed more than $1 million in grants, endowments and gift funds to support the program and offer paid research positions for qualified students working under the mentorship of a Seattle University faculty member. We also offer research-based courses in science and engineering during the academic year.
The culmination of the undergraduate research experience is our fall poster session. This event, which is open to the public, celebrates and showcases independent research by students majoring in mathematics, science, engineering and computer science. It is held annually in late October.
Seattle University's student newspaper the Spectator featured an article from our STEM Research Showcase recently.
Collaborative research is the norm in many scientific disciplines. It becomes especially rewarding when faculty researchers involve their students, says Kristin Hultgren, PhD, associate professor of biology.
Michael Quinn, PhD, dean of the College of Science and Engineering, offers his account of a recent tour of the new building under construction, which is scheduled to open Fall 2021.
Michael DeSimone and Maria “Rika” Ilagan, 2020 graduates coauthored an article in the Journal of Organometallic Chemistry.
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