Research Active Minds Changing Lives

Student Research at Western

At Western Washington University, undergraduate students have unparalleled access to top-flight research with their professors, allowing them to connect, engage, explore and work to change the world around them. Whether studying ocean acidification, the ecological effects of dam removal, solar energy, getting a better understanding of how our brains react to addiction, or composing new pieces of music, the research of Western’s students and their faculty mentors make the University one of the highest rated public universities of its kind in the West.
Savannah Roberts
“Being part of multiple research projects as well as conducting my own has allowed me to tailor my education to the topics I am truly passionate about, and working closely with faculty mentors has helped me grow immensely as a student.”

Savannah Roberts

While studying abroad in Seville, Spain, Savannah took classes that satisfied Psychology and Spanish major requirements. Not only that, she collaborated with Western faculty to conduct cross-cultural psychological research regarding sexism in Spain and the United States. Savannah wrote all of the materials in English and Spanish, delivered the research to students at the university in Spain and at Western, and then was invited to present her finding at PsychFest, a celebration of student research and scholarship.
Adolpho Dominquez
“The faculty drive the students to be intuitive advocates for clients and life-long learners, and because of them I love what I’m studying.”

Adolpho Dominquez

In his studies, Adolpho examined real case files and created hypothetical treatment goals for clients. When he graduated in 2015, Adolpho headed to Guatemala as a Peace Corps volunteer, where he will develop health education curriculum for a school district. He will also put his Communication Sciences and Disorders education to work in the schools – Adolpho is taking audiometric testing equipment with him to conduct hearing screenings.
Sarah O'Sell
“Western’s Industrial Design program gives students the skills and experience to make just about anything.”

Sarah O'Sell, Kenmore, WA, Industrial Design

Sarah collaborated with an interdisciplinary team of students – with majors ranging from business to electrical engineering – to develop and market the first completely transparent solar window. The team’s efforts were rewarded when they won first place and $75,000 at an Environmental Protection Agency competition in Washington, D.C.