Undergraduate Research

Undergrad Research
Gaining research experience is one of the best ways to apply biological concepts to real-world issues, and is a key objective of the Biology program at Seattle Pacific. Research experience can come both from working with faculty at SPU and from participating in internships in Seattle and elsewhere.

At Seattle Pacific, you can work alongside faculty in diverse areas, both in Eaton Hall and at Blakely Island Field Station. You can check out examples of student projects conducted with faculty at SPU. Students who do research at SPU over the summer have the opportunity to participate in the SPU Summer Research Program.

Outside SPU, students have conducted research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington School of Medicine, the Prostate Cancer Research Center, Mayo Clinic Arizona, and other institutions.

An important aspect of research is communicating results to others, both through oral presentations and through writing. You’ll have many opportunities to present your research to others, including at the annual Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference at SPU, the Murdock College Science Research Conference, and regional and national discipline-specific conferences.

If you would like to pursue research, the earlier you get started, the better. At SPU, look at posters around Eaton Hall to see examples of research students have done in the past. Talk with faculty about their research, and decide what projects pique your interest. To find research opportunities outside SPU, explore the Undergraduate Research: Internships page to discover a wide variety of research opportunities in Seattle and beyond. Many of these opportunities have late fall/early winter deadlines for summer research.

Blakely Island

Blakely Island Field Station

The Blakely Island Field Station serves as the teaching site for upper-division biology courses in marine, aquatic, and terrestrial ecology; and oceanography, introductory biology, and astronomy for
non-science majors.

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Become a Teaching or Lab Assistant

Teaching and Lab Assistants help fellow students, grade assignments, lead tutorials, and prepare lab equipment and reagents. Learn more about this paid or for-credit role by asking a Biology professor or contacting the Biology Laboratory Coordinator (in Eaton 212).

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