Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is a central component of the Lane Honors Program. Students have multiple opportunities to engage in original research and to share their research findings with a wider audience. See the Honors Undergraduate Research Blog as well as the examples below:

Students publish work in The Palouse Review, an arts and academics journal published biannually by the Washington State University Honors College:

Jeremiah Vandagrift's photograph: “Under the Cloud Veil” (May 2020 Edition)

Meg Strout's essay: “When the Lilacs Bloom” (Fall 2019 Edition)


Sabrina Piccolo and Tonyae Meeks review Sabrina's research poster at the 2018 Lane Undergraduate Research Fair.

reviewing research poster at research fair

Tonyae Meeks and Gus Smith presented their work at the Western Regional Honors Council Conference in 2017.

Tonyae gestures toward the screen during her presentation.

Gus stands next to the screen during his presentation.

Jack Gariepy researched the impact of single stories and stereotypes in Sarah Lushia’s honors writing class, WR 121_H, and organized a symposium in order to share his results.

Four honors students with their poster map of refillable water bottle stations around campus.

Catherine Mullins interviewed scholar Joseph Pearce as part of her research into Emily Brontë’s work for the HON 201_H Invitation to Inquiry Seminar, and the resulting scholar biography was published in the St. Austin Review. 

Students in the Capstone Seminar conduct group research projects each spring and present their findings at a symposium and/or through posters and PowerPoint presentations shared with the campus community. Research projects have included how food choices impact our carbon footprint and the benefits of the Take Back the Tap movement.

They have also included challenges facing two-year college students and gender inequality in higher education:

Poster for Equality in Education Symposium

The spring 2016 class explored the reasons for Oregon's success at preventing recidivism, and they shared their results in a PowerPoint presentation filmed by Dean Middleton and Randal Painter.

In 2017, the Capstone students once again organized a symposium and presented on two topics: morality legislation and the impact of alcohol education on sexaul assaults on college campuses. The symposium included a roundtable discussion, two PowerPoint presentations, two paper presentations, and live music.

Student Panel

Student speaking at podium while another student looks on.

In 2018, the seminar students organized a moderated panel to address dialect discrimination in high schools. Jesus Narvaez moderated the panel while including aspects of his own research. Panelists (from left: Pia Pham, Sabrina Piccolo, Clint Corsi) answered his questions, engaged with one another, and presented their individual research findings.

another student speaking at podium during seminar