Patty Ryberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, has been awarded a $168,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, the first NSF grant received by a Park University faculty member since 1993, will establish a paleobotanical research program at Park with a focus on Antarctic fossil plants. Students will study the critical role plants play in the Earth's environment and changing ecosystem. The NSF grant will fund new microscopes with high-resolution magnification, and it will enable up to 12 Park undergraduate students to participate in stipend research. The students will have access to thousands of Antarctic fossil plants housed at the University of Kansas in Lawrence where Ryberg maintains a research partnership following her post-doctoral fellowship.

About the College

Since its founding in 1875, Park University has stressed the importance of a liberal arts education to prepare students to be creative, independent, lifelong learners. At the heart of that tradition is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, which offers innovative programs in the fine and performing arts, the humanities, and the natural and social sciences. More Go

CLAS Welcome

Park University is an institution with multiple academic programs and campus centers, providing academic instruction through various means. However, we believe that the core of Park University is the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. More Go

Academic Programs

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree offerings from the College. More Go

Why Study the Liberal Arts and Sciences?

Liberal studies can, in fact, free a person from ignorance, prejudice and apathy. More Go

Honors Academy

The Park University Honors Academy, featuring Honors Plus One, is a program of studies and activities that lead to success for the academically exceptional scholar. From the moment you walk onto the University’s Parkville Campus, the Honors Academy will help you find the best fit for your future. Academy faculty fellows and staff, many of whom are published scholars and well-known professionals in their fields, will help guide your exploration. You will receive personal attention to propel you toward goals including internships, study abroad, prestigious scholarships, graduate school and a career. More Go

Research and Creative Arts Symposium

Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium The annually held Student Research and Creative Arts Symposium showcases the scholarly work of students from all disciplines and campus locations at Park University. Undergraduate and graduate students alike are submit course work or independent research projects, either single or collaboratively-authored. More Creative Arts and Research Symposium