Gonzaga Science Research Program

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Students in Gonzaga's Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Physics departments have the opportunity to enhance their college experience through independent research. Research experiences have been shown to deepen a student's understanding of a topic and prepare students for their chosen career path. We strive to provide a variety of opportunities to fit the needs of our undergraduates.

  • Research Experiences at GU: Gonzaga's research faculty work on a wide range of research topics and provide hands-on training in the laboratory or in the field.
  • Collaborative relationships with WSU Spokane and UW-SOM in Seattle. Students have the opportunity to work in their research labs and, in some instances, earn academic credit.

Undergraduate research experiences prepare students in Chemistry & Biochemistry for their senior thesis and provide Biology majors for the Biology Research Concentration, a challenging path with an emphasis on research. 

Funding for research projects is provided by several sources, including faculty grants from both federal and private agencies, the Gonzaga University Science Research Program (GSRP) as well as Gonzaga Inclusive Excellence and Leadership (GIEL) funds. Additionally, we appreciate the support of several donors: Kay Nakamaye, Anna Marie Ledgerwood, Gerald & Bronwyn Slobogean, Claire and Bob McDonald, and Dr. Patrick Tennican.

Current students, please log in to myGU for more information and research applications

Questions about research? Contact using the email below or visit the office of the Research Coordinator, Hughes Hall, Room 118.

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 securing external grants for their research while providing research experiences for our science majors.

GSRP pays for faculty and student stipends and research supplies for projects that are mainly carried out during the summer. GSRP is administered by an Advisory Committee made up of the chairs of Biology, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Physics, the Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry and the Research Coordinator. The Advisory Committee sets policy, approves procedures, and makes certain decisions such as the funding of faculty proposals for research.

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 CURCI’s Undergraduate Research Showcase held on the Gonzaga campus as part of Fall Family Weekend.