Conduct Research

Students conduct high-level research through coursework and independent study in the sciences and humanities. Our summer research programs offer funding for original, student-guided research, often leading to publication or presentation at national and international conferences.

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Student Research and Travel Awards

Puget Sound offers many opportunities for students to engage in research and travel, whether in the natural sciences, in the social sciences, in the arts, or in the humanities. Most major programs of study either require or provide the option for a research-based thesis in the senior year. General grants are available for research and research-related travel throughout the year. Summer research grants are awarded for independent research in science and mathematics, the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

2014 Summer Research Award Recipients and Projects
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Civic Scholarship Initiative

The Civic Scholarship Initiative connects Puget Sound's faculty and students with citizens of the South Sound in projects of mutual concern. Students work collaboratively with professors, conducting faculty-led research and making program and policy recommendations. Current projects include:


The Road Home: Homeless Policy for Pierce County
Working with the Pierce County Department of Community Services and the Road Home Leadership Team provided research assistance using a systems-based approach to better understand the local homeless population. The research team seeks to identify key factors in the issue and develop recommendations for how to strategically address them.


Transfer of Development Rights
Transfer of Development Rights is a market-based mechanism that promotes responsible growth, bearing in mind that developers, property owners, and conservationists are all stakeholders in this complex issue. Economics professor Garrett Milam and two student research assistants are currently testing market mechanisms that would be most successful in Pierce County and the extended region.


Nearshore Habitat Restoration in Puget Sound
Education Achievement and Assessment
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Conference Presentation

Students have the opportunity to share their research in poster presentations and at symposiums both on campus and off. Recent on-campus events where students presented their research include:

Southeast Asia Symposium
Race and Pedagogy National Conference Poster Session
Puget Sound Undergraduate Philosophy Conference