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Collaborative research

What will you discover?

Make an original intellectual or creative contribution to your chosen field. Collaborative research projects with faculty at Linfield will put you on the road to success in your career and/or in graduate school. In the summer of 2018, student/faculty research topics included:

  • fossils
  • social media
  • noble metals
  • print editing
  • seedlings
  • James Baldwin
  • graphene
  • celiac disease
  • media bias
  • stress
  • Shakespeare
  • cancer
  • endangered species
  • medieval economics
  • sea sponges

Work on collaborative research projects every year with Linfield faculty.

Present your work to the Linfield College community and at regional and national conferences.

Read about our 2017 researchers.

Learn about one project in depth:


See who conducted research in Summer 2018:


Professor John Syring and Assistant Professor Leonard Finkelman
Bronwyn Boyd, Sarah Schmidt
Pleistocene Megafauna Fossil and Trace Excavation on the Yamhill River

Assistant Professor Sreerupa Ray
Cristina Ortiz Mateos, Ashley Headrick, Itzel Romero
Characterization of DNA Repair Gene Variants in Cancer

Professor Chad Tillberg
Austin Hilton, Alena Salazar
Non-target effects of endangered species management strategies: Year 5 of 5  

Associate Professor Jeremy Weisz
Anna Peckham, Vanessa VanHorn
Potential niche partitioning among sponge species in the lower Florida Keys


Professor Liz Atkinson
Morgan Johnson, Katherine Andersen
Graphene and graphene oxide sol-, aero- and xero-gel materials as surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy sensors.

Assistant Professor Andrew Baggett
Natalie Wade, Haley Smith, Atchara Sripeng
Synthesis and Testing of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Arp2/3 Complex

Associate Professor Megan Bestwick
Kelsey Bruce, Zachary Sherlock
The role of mitochondrial reactive oxygen species and copper proteins cytochrome coxidase and superoxide dismutase 1 in yeast chronological lifespan

Associate Professor Megan Bestwick
Shannon Apgar, Zachary McLeod, Hannah Waterman
Regulation of mitochondrial DNA transcription by mitochondrial localized transcription factors

Professor Brian Gilbert
Ana Alfaro, Fatima Falcon Ontiveros
Noble Metal Based Nanoparticles as Targeted Drug Delivery Vehicles


Professor Randy Grant
Riley Clayeux
Research into early economic thought: Medieval Arab-Islamic Scholars and Enlightenment Philosophers


Associate Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner
Melory Mirashrafi
Contemporary Approaches to Classic Drama: Shakespeare, Chekhov, and Rodgers & Hammerstein    

Associate Professor Joe Wilkins
Jordan Keller
High Desert Journal Assistant Editorship

Environmental Studies

Professor Nancy Broshot
Delaney Riggins, Garrett Scales, William McCuen
Seedling Growth and Survival Relative to Soil Characteristics

Health, Human Performance, and Athletics

Assistant Professor Sarah Coste
Cailyn Cattell
The effects of social stress on routine voluntary running in female mice

Professor Janet Peterson
Elizabeth Defrang
Metabolic Syndrome in Division I and Division III Football Players


Professor Jennifer Heath
Byron Greenlee, William Shannon, Joseph Murphy, Joel Toledo-Ureda
Two-dimensional materials and devices

Professor Emeriti Bill Mackie
Morgan Chamberlain

Professor Tianbao Xie
Troy Taylor, Nickolas Villalobos
New magnetic coupling liquid pump design

Political Science

Professor Nick Buccola
Aspen Brooks, Madeleine Colson
The Radical and the Conservative: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate of the Century

Assistant Professor Dimitri Kelly
Amelia Warnock
How Media Bias Subsidizes Political Learning


Associate Professor Yanna Weisberg
Catherine Dirkson, Colleen Johnson
Don’t Want to Lose You Online: Attachment Insecurity, Relationships, and Social Media

Sociology and Anthropology

Associate Professor Hillary Crane
Carmen Chasse, M. Rose Letsinger
‘Poisoned’, ‘Contaminated’, and ‘Exposed’: Narrating Celiac Disease

Professor Thomas Love
Elide Sanchez, Lizette Becerra
Peru Ethnomedical Project: Survey of Urban and Rural Community Ethnomedical Practices and Ethnobotanical Knowledge II