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Angela Hawken as a panel speaker


While the private sector has the ability and financial means to conduct thousands of randomized controlled trials each year, very few are conducted within the criminal justice system. Led by Dr. Angela Hawken, BetaGov is a criminal justice reform center that aims to significantly increase evidence-based public sector programs. BetaGov will enable practitioners to conduct randomized control trials on their own programs, operations, and policies.


lab students

John Stauffer Endowment for Undergraduate Summer Research in Chemistry

Pepperdine has been awarded a $1M matching challenge grant from the John Stauffer Charitable Trust to establish an endowed summer research program for undergraduate chemistry majors. This is an extraordinary chance to grow our chemistry department and enhance undergraduate research and learning at Pepperdine. Please specify that you would like to contribute to the Stauffer Match in the comments.


Students research trip to Norway, witnessing the aurora borealis

Physics Research at Kjell Henricksen Observatory

Each year, Dr. Gerard Fasel strives to take a student research group to Svalbard, Norway, where they spend a week during winter break at the Kjell Henricksen Observatory researching the interaction between the solar wind and the Earth's magnetosphere to better understand space weather and its effects. Such hands-on international experience with scientists and researchers from institutions worldwide, is a prime example of what makes undergraduate research at Pepperdine University so unique. Read article