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Student Research

At Linfield, learning doesn't just occur inside the classroom, but also in the laboratory, in the field or through internships. Some students may assist faculty members with their projects, while others will branch out to conduct research on their own or with other students.

Since 1956, and the founding of the Linfield Research Institute, students have been able to apply for funding to develop projects, test hypothesis and report conclusions. Additional on-campus funding is available through the Linfield Center for the Northwest. Successful projects may be presented on campus at the Linfield College Student Scholarship Symposia (annually in May). Students have also had the opportunity to present their work at regional and national conferences, providing them with greater exposure and experience.

Below is a list of recent projects, with the student's major indicated on the left and a link to the project in Linfield's DigitialCommons, an online repository of intellectual and creative works of the faculty, students and staff, as well as the history and development of the College.


Accounting, Economics Does State Export Growth Granger-Cause State GDP Growth?
Accounting, Economics, Mathematics Halfpipes and Hangtime
Anthropology Culture Counts: Culture, Language & Mathematics in the U.S.
Anthropology Discussing Diagnosis in Gluten Intolerance Communities
Anthropology Illuminating Distinction: Rural Modernization and the Invention of the Countryside in Cajamarca, Peru
Anthropology Weighing In: Coping with Stigmatization through the Fat Acceptance Movement and Weight Loss Surgery
Anthropology Who Is Your Bias?: The Symbolic Interactions and Social Solidarity of the K-pop Fan Community
Applied Physics Automatic Pet Door and Magnetic Field Activation
Applied Physics Characterization of Focused Ion Beam Milled Lines
Applied Physics Electrochemical Etching of HfC and LaB6
Applied Physics Seismic Modeling with an Earthquake Shake Table
Applied Physics Simultaneous Localization and Mapping Using Stereoscopic Computer Vision for Autonomous Vehicles
Applied Physics Virtual Reality and Sound Localization
Art The Short-Term Effects of Viewing Relationally Aggressive Media on Hostile Cognitions in College Women
Biology An In Vitro Reporter Cell System for Analysis of Functional Ly49 Receptor Binding of Cognate Ligands in Cis and Tran
Biology Cortactin and Aurora Kinase Localization in Cancer Cells
Biology Distribution and Ecology of Invasive Ants
Biology, Chemistry KillerRed Mediated Neurodegeneration in Canenorhabditis elegans
Biology Marine Sponges as Bioindicators of Nitrogen within Estuaries on the Oregon Coast
Biology Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering of P-Aminobenxoic Acid on Nobel Metal Nanoparticle Surfaces
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Characterization of the Invertase-Sucrose Complex Using Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering
Business, Economics Economics of Scale within State Prisons
Business Understanding Retention among Private Baccalaureate Liberal Arts Colleges
Chemistry Determination of the Optimal Conditions for Bovine Serum Albumin Using Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering on Silver Colloids and Nanoparticle Films
Chemistry Doping Density Measurements of Textured Solar Cells Using Capacitance-Based Techniques
Chemistry Electrochemical Characterization of Novel Alkyl Substituted Polyoxotungstates
Chemistry Optimization of 4-Mercaptobenzoic Acid in SiO2-Ag Colloid Aerogel Using Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
Chemistry Reduction Kinetics in Heteropoly Blue Species of Organically Modified Polyoxotungstates
Chemistry Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering with Gold Core Silver Shell Nanoparticles
Chemistry Surfaced-Enhanced Raman Scattering of Invertase on Silver Nanoparticles
Chemistry Theoretical Investigation of Internal Rotation Barries of 4-(Dimethylaminocinnamaldehyde)
Communication Arts Cavaliers, Heroes, and Devils: A Metaphoric Criticism of Dan Gilbert's Attempt to Dethrone the King of Cleveland
Communication Arts Communication, Contraception and Culture: A Semiotic Analysis of Educational Materials for Latinas
Communication Arts Creating Community: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City
Communication Arts Happiness and Struggle: A Metaphoric Criticism of Reggae
Communication Arts Launching through the Surf: The Dory Fleet of Pacific City
Communication Arts Nonverbal Cues in the Communication of Attraction
Communication Arts Semiotics & Ideology in the Visual Rhetoric of the Black Panther Party
Computer Science The Creation of a Lighting Design for Dead Man's Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl
Computer Science, Economics Impacts of Income, Trade, and Government Regulation on Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Economics An Economic Evaluation of Moneyball
Economics An Increasingly Negative Outlook: How Income Inequalities Affects Personal Consumption Expenditures
Economics Economics of Happiness
Economics Examination of Net Exports through the Use of Econometric Models
Economics Explaining Differences in Growth across Developing Countries
Economics Factors Affecting Retention at Private Baccalaureate Liberal Arts and Sciences Colleges
Economics How Do Economic Conditions Affect Oregonians' Voting Behavior?
Economics Income, Trade, and Environmental Quality: An Environmental Kuznets Curve Approach
Economics, Environmental Science Seeding Growth and Survival of Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), Six Years Later
Economics Success in the Film Industry: What Elements Really Matter in Determining Box-Office Receipts
Economics The Determinants of NFL Ticket Prices: What Managers May Consider when Pricing Tickets
Economics The Effect of Gender Equality on Life Expectancy Across Development Levels
Economics The Effect of the Financial Aid Offer on the Enrollment Decision of Students Accepted to Linfield College
Economics The Effect of the Urban Growth Boundary of Portland Metro Area House Prices
Economics The Obesity of Economics: An Application of the Law of Demand to Obesity Prevalence within the United States
Economics The Playoff Effect in Major League Baseball: Is Slugging Percentage more Valuable to Winning in the Postseason than is On-Base Percentage?
Elementary Education A Comparison of Middle School Mathematics Education in the United States, Japan, China and Malaysia
Elementary Education Diverse Learners and Teacher Education: A Sociocultural Approach
Environmental Studies Capacitance Measurements on Schottky Contacts
Exercise Science Effects of a Basic Climbing Education Program on Physical Fitness and Macronutrient Intake in Novice Mountaineers
Health Science Effect of In-School Physical Activity Levels on Children's Neurocognitive Function and Reaction Time
Health Science Lowering the indcidence of childhood obesity in low socioeconomic status families by educating parents with an individualized, web-based nutritional education program
History, Anthropology Bringing Vines to the Valley: The Early History of Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley
Intercultural Communication Communication and the Rhetoric of Fear: An Analysis of Protest Rhetoric of Signs and Slogans of the Arizona Immigration Law Debate
Intercultural Communication Images of the Modern Immigrant: Persuasive Metaphors Presented in U.S. American Newspapers
Intercultural Communication Is It Sexy? A Semiotic Analysis of Sexual Imagery in Japanese and United States Advertising
Intercultural Communication Reverse Culture Shock: A Phenomenological Study Exploring How College Students Communicate about Their Cross-Cultural Transition
Mass Communication, Finance Civic Life in McMinnville - Wortman Family
Mass Communication, Management Daily Life in McMinnville 100 Years Ago
Mass Communication, Creative Writing McMinnville 100 Years Ago - Women's Roles
Mass Communication, Management McMinnville Agriculture 1912
Mass Communication The Pinot Chronicles: 25 Years of Oregon's International Pinot Noir Celebration
Mass Communication, Creative Writing Transportation in McMinnville 100 Years Ago
Mathematics Techniques for the Fabrication of Graphene Devices
Mathematics Tensile Bond Strength of Latex-Modified Bonded Concrete Overlays
Mathematics The Science of Snowboarding
Mathematics Social Dynamics of Gang Involvement: A Mathematical Approach
Nursing Planning, Producing, Preparing and Tasting Produce Influences Dietary Behaviors of Elementary Students
Nursing Using magneto encephalography to determine the therapeutic efficacy of EMDR in the treatment of PTSD
Philosophy Concurrent and Prospective Association Among Co-rumination, Adjustment, and Friendship in Emerging Adults
Philosophy, Psychology Internal and External Factors Associated with Illicit Prescription Drug Use in College Students
Philosophy "I Will Remember You": How Memories Resonate with People through Reminiscence, Nostalgia, Regret, and the Phenomenon of Missing
Physics Computational Studies of Protein Folding
Physics Computationally Modeling Compton Scattering to Understand Radiation Therapy
Political Science Analyzing In-State Post-Secondary Tuition Polities for Undocumented Illegal Aliens in the United States
Psychology Expectations about Disclosure: Does Gender Moderate the Relationship between Expectations and Co-Rumination
Psychology Following a Veto: What Oregon Psychologists Think and Know About Prescriptive Authority
Psychology Medea and Lady Macbeth: Control in Madness and Strength
Psychology Reducing Stigma toward the Transgender Community: An Evaluation of a Humanizing and Perspective-Taking Intervention
Sociology Tracing Taize; Rebuilding Global Solidarity through Religious Pilgrimage
Theatre Arts Creating a Sound Design for Sarah Ruhl's "Dead Man's Cell Phone"
Theatre Arts The Creation of Costume Designs for Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig
Theatre Arts The Creation of a Scenic Design for Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig