Conduct Research


Sloan Strader


Sloan Strader '18

Sloan was awarded a 2016 Summer Research Award. Under the guidance of Prof. MacBain in English, Sloan studied the journals of Tacoma artist Abby Williams Hill to understand how Hill supported the black community. Sloan even visited Tuskegee University in Alabama to compare Hill's record to the information found in speeches, rosters, and pamphlets from Booker T. Washington's time.



Helen Tschurr '18

Helen, a History major in the Honors Program, received an AHSS grant to do independent research in Summer 2016. Her study of the influence of historical memory on the development of the British constitution took her to libraries, museums, and historical sites in the UK where she was able to examine some amazing medieval artifacts relevant to her research, including a 1217 copy of the Magna Carta at Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Helen says, "I was able to see much of the original material discussed in my classes at Puget Sound, while improving my research skills and continuing to explore my interest in medieval history."


Sloan Strader


Nick Navarro '16

Recent graduate and philosophy major Nick has such a strong interest in philosophy for children that he wrote a philosophical book for children as an independent study in conjunction with his senior seminar. Dialogues with Phil and Sophia – Who’s Moving? follows the adventures of siblings Phil and Sophia as they work through some big questions about personal identity and agency. As Nick describes the book, “Phil and Sophia along the way practice thinking philosophically, questioning everything they encounter. From trees to pastries, each chapter discusses how reflection, relationships, reasoning, and resistance are meaningful to developing an identity.“