Undergraduate Research

From examining the relationship between toxic metals and the development of breast cancer to collaborating on studies designed to protect children from Malaria with faculty in Uganda, Dominican students are engaged in research focused on some of the world’s most pressing needs.


In the past decade, Dominican has developed a research-intensive curriculum raising the bar for undergraduate science education. Today, faculty from the four schools embrace undergraduate research and scholarships as a training tool. Dominican professors train students to work independently on specific research topics early in their freshman year. This provides a unique experience for undergraduates contributing to the success of faculty research programs.

Each year, students from all disciplines present their original research at leading academic conferences, including:

  • Western Psychological Association Conference
  • American Association of Cancer Research
  • Western Political Science Association
  • Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting
  • Ocean Sciences Meeting
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference
  • International Conference for Business, Economics and Information Technology
  • American Political Science Association Annual Conference


Student Research/Scholarship Travel Fund

Dominican's Student Research/Scholarship Travel Fund has been established to support student initiated undergraduate and graduate research, scholarship and professional development presentations at professional conferences and workshops. 

Undergraduate Research at Dominican

Sudden Oak Death
Funded by the United States Department of Food and Agriculture, NORS-DUC is the country's first outdoor research facility focused on studies examining the spread of P. ramorum, the pathogen that causes sudden oak death, in nursery plants.

Sudden oak death has had a devastating impact on oak trees and tan oaks in coastal regions in Northern California and parts of Oregon, as well as larch and oak trees in Europe. It is believed that P. ramorum can spread from plants into the wild, and in recent years more than 100 nursery plants have been identified as P. ramorum host plants.

Today, growers in California face numerous restrictions when it comes to exporting plants, and controlling further spread of P. ramorum is a national priority for the USDA.

Researchers at the NORS-DUC facility recently successfully eliminated all traces of P. ramorum from infested soil using a non-chemical method that could be used at quarantined sites throughout the state.

The research is a giant step toward controlling this serious and costly plant disease. Learn more about NORS-DUC