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Outreach projects

Onsite at Fort Vancouver, WA, July 2011

We serve the greater community by focusing our research efforts on the preservation of works of cultural heritage through collaborations with local and regional art museums and conservators.  

One of our recent volunteer projects brought the lab to Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state in July 2011.  We hope that our findings may help archaeologists better determine what the excavated sites may have been originally used for: whether the ash layers may have been used as cooking hearths or for other purposes.

Numerous interns and undergraduate students aiming to continue their education in either graduate programs in art conservation or chemistry have participated in research projects. We pride ourselves on tailoring research projects to suit student's interests, abilities and educational goals.

We believe in broadening the participation of underrepresented groups and engaging in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.  For more information on PSU's community engaged scholars, please visit the Center for Academic Excellence.


Dr. Lasseter Clare teaching high school students in Philadelphia. Photo credit: Steven Crossot


April 2nd, 2013. Dr. Lasseter Clare met with high school chemistry students from the Northwest Academy to explain the how the lab's research is at the intersection of chemistry and art.  The lab joined via Skype to answer the students questions.


April 5th, 2013. The Intel Science Fair at Portland State!  High school students from all over Oregon present their research projects and we get to help judge. Capri Price (left) and Dr. England (right) volunteering as judges.