Peer Research Advising

Hello! Our names are Ilana Dutton and Kate Roscher and we are the peer research advisors in Collins Library this year. Ilana is double majoring in International Political Economy and Politics and Government, with a minor in Spanish. Kate is an International Political Economy major with Spanish and Global Development Studies minors. We are excited to meet you and to help out with any research questions you may have throughout the year!  You can find our hours at



Within my fields of study, research has been an integral part of my college career. Beyond classes, I was an Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences summer research scholar and spent a semester as a research assistant to an IPE professor. While I have spent a lot of time in the library and do a lot of research for class, I never felt like I was taking full advantage of the resources the library has to offer. Even though I have only been in this position for a month, I feel like I have already learned so much about the library resources.

My passions include talking about Refworks, telling people about the importance of voting, and taking public transportation around Tacoma. My goal this year is to help students at Puget Sound feel comfortable with the research process! I am excited to keep learning about what the library has to offer and show other people those resources, too.


I am excited to be working as a Peer Research Advisor this year to share my love of the library with others. I have grown to appreciate the research process over my past few years at Puget Sound. My experience last summer as a Chism Research Scholar challenged me as a student researcher and helped me to solidify my skills while learning to love the research process. The biggest lesson I learned this past summer was to allow ample time for your research to unfold. When you have enough time, research can take you in unexpected and exciting new directions.

Through this experience, I gained confidence in the research process and learned that it’s okay to not always have the answer.

When I’m not in the library I am sitting just outside the library on the grass, babysitting the children of Tacoma, or trying to reach my goal of reading 100 books this year (I am accepting recommendations).


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