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Student Research

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Center for Student Research

Rigorous scientific research is a core function of Bastyr University, and students play an important role in that process alongside the faculty. The Bastyr University Center for Student Research is the central point of contact for students who desire to do research. The center informs students about all ongoing research projects at Bastyr and links students to appropriate faculty mentors by research interest. The center also provides funding, through competitive awards, for faculty-student research projects.

"Bastyr University has played a bigger role within medicine than any other non-allopathic institution, bringing scientific legitimacy to natural medicine."

— James Wharton, PhD, professor of medical history and ethics, University of Washington School of Medicine

In addition, the center:

  • Participates in the selection process for the annual Research Scholarship Program and collaborates with the academic departments to help recipients succeed.
  • Provides statistical and methodological assistance to students who are undertaking individual research projects as part of their degree programs.
  • Serves as a general resource for students undertaking required research projects in various academic curricula, such as nutrition, health psychology and midwifery.
  • Provides general oversight and facilitation of University-sponsored research projects and develops working teams of faculty and students to accomplish each project.

Application Process

The Center for Student Research provides funding for research projects beyond the current seed grants for small pilot studies (which faculty can use as training opportunities with students). Internal grants are competitive and are awarded based on originality of the proposal, relevance to established research and academic programs, and feasibility and degree of student involvement.

Applications should be 5-7 typed pages (single spaced, Arial 11 point, 0.5-inch margins) and should include the following information:

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  • Names of faculty and student researchers
  • Description of proposed research and specific aims
  • Research timeline and description of faculty involvement
  • Notification of need, where applicable, for Internal Review Board (IRB) approval
  • Plan for data analysis
  • Budget requested
  • Certification that the research will be presented as a poster at an annual Bastyr Research Day, or that the data generated will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal or as part of a grant application

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all Center funds have been expended.

FALL 2015
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Contact Us

The Center for Student Research is directed by Mark Martzen, PhD. Dr. Martzen is core faculty in the Department of Basic Sciences and is a research associate professor in the Bastyr University Research Institute. He has academic and biotechnology industry experience and is published in leading scientific journals, including Science.

Contact: Mark R. Martzen, Director of the Center for Student Research
Email: mmartzen[at]bastyr[dot]edu
Phone: (425) 602-3162
Address: 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore, WA 98028

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