At TLU, it’s not enough to be challenged in the classroom. Our purpose is to create a living and learning environment that challenges a student’s entire being –mind, body, and spirit – and TLU professors work directly with their students every step of the way.

Through seminars and student academic symposiums, student-faculty summer research, study abroad programs, and an honors program, our students are exposed to high-impact learning opportunities that enhance their overall college experience and prepare them for life after TLU.

Just this summer, 20 faculty members worked side-by-side their students to research projects ranging from the evolutionary study of bacteria to social media bullying and international marketing.

Liz Crockett, a junior psychology major, worked with Psychology Professor Carolyn Turner to research how individuals recover from personal harm through social media bullying. "Summer research is one of the most beneficial experiences I have had at TLU. I think this is a unique experience because I feel like most schools will wait until you reach a graduate level to work so closely with you and take the time to help you learn the methods correctly,” says Crockett.

Amber Mellon, senior psychology major, also worked on the study with Professor Turner. “It lets me put everything that I have learned in psychology classes to good use. Since our study addresses a lot of new areas, I feel driven to work harder.”

Junior philosophy and music major Ian Nutting spent his summer researching the ethical and moral dilemma around food security with Philosophy Professor Jack Davidson. “I always thought summer research was for science majors. What could a philosophy major possibly expect to research? Yet, here at TLU, I am able to work one-on-one with a faculty member, researching and designing ethical theories that are applicable to how we live our lives. We are tackling questions that, in my opinion, REALLY matter to our lives. Should we help feed the world? Am I wrong to buy that cheeseburger? Other people discuss it, but we are actually formulating a theory about it.”

Other student-faculty summer research projects include:
"Summer research is one of the most beneficial experiences I have had at TLU. I think this is a unique experience because I feel like most schools will wait until you reach a graduate level to work so closely with you and take the time to help you learn the methods correctly.”
-Liz Crockett, Junior psychology major

“It lets me put everything that I have learned in psychology classes to good use. Since our study addresses a lot of new areas, I feel driven to work harder.”
-Amber Mellon, Senior psychology major

“I always thought summer research was for science majors. What could a philosophy major possibly expect to research? Yet, here at TLU, I am able to work one-on-one with a faculty member, researching and designing ethical theories that are applicable to how we live our lives. We are tackling questions that, in my opinion, REALLY matter to our lives. Should we help feed the world? Am I wrong to buy that cheeseburger? Other people discuss it, but we are actually formulating a theory about it.”
-Ian Nutting, Junior philosophy and music major