When we think of professor-student research collaboration, the humanities usually are not the first subjects to come to mind; however, just this last year, professor-student research in the humanities reached print. An NNU English professor and undergraduate student’s research project eventually led to the writing and publication of “Literary Catholicity: an Alternate Reading of Influence in the Work of C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton.”
Since 2000, the Brandt Foundation has distributed over $4.9 million to local organizations engaged in primary and secondary education, economic education, charity, faith and hope. NNU Associate Vice President of Development Mark Wheeler expressed his appreciation stating, “The Brandt Foundation has been a generous and faithful supporter of NNU.... We are blessed to be in partnership with the Brandt Foundation as we serve those in the Treasure Valley and beyond.”
The NNU research team, led by Dr. Stephen Parke and Dr. Joshua Griffin, is designing a new type of four-inch, cube-shaped satellite called a “CubeSat” to be fabricated and deployed into Earth’s orbit directly from the International Space Station (ISS). The funding supports four NNU undergraduate engineering student researchers, the costs of satellite construction, testing and travel.
Northwest Nazarene University is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dale Hamilton and Associate Professor of Computer Science Barry Myers have been awarded a NASA EPSCoR (experimental program to stimulate competitive research) Undergraduate Research Grant to support their research on fire monitoring and assessment technology.
NNU’s RockSat-X engineering team, in collaboration with Boise-based American Semiconductor, Inc. (ASI), launched an experimental payload on a sub-orbital sounding rocket to 100 miles above the Atlantic Ocean on a half-hour flight on Wednesday, August 12. The payload parachuted down into the Atlantic where it was recovered by ship and returned to the NNU research lab for post-flight data analysis by the team and their collaborators.
In the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering and physics, 11 Northwest Nazarene University professors guided 36 students through a summer of research this last June, July and August. One of those projects involved the battle against MRSA (pronounced Mursa)–the super bacteria.
Working on significant research in the sciences under faculty active in their fields is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students at NNU. These research projects are made possible by grants from foundations that recognize the potential of NNU students and faculty to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in their fields and to improve the lives of people with their discoveries.
The NNU Doceo Center exists to inspire personalized learning in pre-school through college-level classrooms by use of innovative practices in education. “The mission of the Center is the same as that of the university,” Kellerer explains. “We’re seeking transformation both on and off campus.”
Whether you are going to become a doctor or a computer scientist, NNU offers an invaluable opportunity to gain real research experience in your field through the academic tradition of research fellowships.