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Experiential Learning Resources

Listed here are just a few of the numerous opportunities Pacific offers for students to learn and gain practical, hands-on experience outside of the classroom. Check with individual departments to learn about additional opportunities related to specific disciplines.

Sacramento Experience

This program places students as interns in government, lobbying or non-profit organizations in the California capital while they attend a weekly seminar focused on state politics and public policy.

Washington Semester

This program enables students to spend a semester at American University in Washington D.C. while receiving academic credit at Pacific for participating in a combination of internship, academic and seminar experiences.

Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference (PURCC)

During this annual conference at Pacific, students present posters and give oral presentations on a wide variety of topics from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and engineering.

Regional, National and International Conferences

Undergraduate students regularly travel to conferences with other members of their departments to present their own research and attend panels and presentations. Students have participated in conferences as far away as Pennsylvania and South Africa. For the past several years, students from the College have been selected to present their work at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research, an increasingly competitive student research venue.

John Muir Symposium

Through Pacific's John Muir Center and Library's Holt-Atherton Special Collections, student and faculty scholars have access to the papers of John Muir, one of California's most important historical figures and a pivotal leader in environmental preservation. The John Muir Center hosts a biannual symposium on John Muir and issues of the environment and nature. 

Gender, Race and Space Conference

Organized by the Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies programs, this conference provides an opportunity for students from Pacific and other universities in the region to present original research on a wide range of topics related to gender and racial issues.

Dr. Lydia Fox
Director of Undergraduate Research
Phone: 209.946.2481
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