The Gonzaga Science Research Program (GSRP) was initiated through grants from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust and is now funded using Gonzaga University resources. The primary objective of GSRP is to expand undergraduate research opportunities. More specifically, the program aims to encourage and assist our faculty members in winning external grants for their research while providing research experiences for our science majors. GSRP pays for faculty and student stipends, as well as research supplies, for projects that are mainly carried out during the summer.
For more information on student research during the academic year, visit the Gonzaga Undergraduate Research webpage.
GSRP also pays travel expenses for faculty and students to attend the annual Murdock College Science Research Conference, where students report their research results to an audience of science faculty and students from undergraduate institutions across the Pacific Northwest. Similar presentations are made at GSRP's Annual Poster Session held on the Gonzaga campus, usually as part of the university's Fall Family Weekend.
Another GSRP activity is the O'Leary Distinguished Scientist award. Each year a distinguished scientist from a major research university or institute visits Gonzaga for two or three days, mainly to meet with our science majors. The visiting scientist delivers a technical lecture and is officially introduced as the O'Leary Distinguished Scientist at a public lecture geared to general audiences. This program exposes our undergraduates to the next level of science research and helps them define their career plans.
GSRP is administered by a Program Officer with an Advisory Committee made up of the three Science Department Chairs. The Advisory Committee sets policy, approves procedures, and makes certain decisions such as the funding of faculty proposals for research.