Whether in the lab, the field, the library archive, the art studio or any other scientific, academic and creative setting, undergraduates are an integral part of research and scholarship at Oregon State University. The OSU Research Office serves as an information clearinghouse as well as a source of funding, connections and recognition for undergraduates who want opportunities to work closely with research faculty and post-doctoral researchers on real-world research enterprises. (Graduate students should contact the Graduate School for research opportunities and resources.) Below you will find a range of programs, events and other resources to meet your undergraduate research needs:
URSA facilitates undergraduate engagement in scholarly and creative independent projects mentored by faculty in all disciplines at Oregon State University. The program offers URSA Engage awards to freshmen, sophomores and transfer students in their first year to do research in OSU labs in all majors.
Founded and offered annually since 1992, the PROMISE program is a paid summer internship which provides experiential learning opportunities for Oregon State University undergraduate students, with particular emphasis on providing pathways for historically underrepresented students into professional careers. Historically underrepresented students may include, but is not limited to: first-generation college student, low-income, LGBTQ+, students of color, veterans, transfer students, students with disabilities, etc. Internships are available to all OSU undergraduate students who are or will be enrolled for Spring term, who have completed at least 90 undergraduate credits, and who have a current cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Preference will be given to first-time applicants.
The LURA award recognizes and rewards OSU undergraduate students who make use of the OSU Libraries to write papers or complete projects demonstrating outstanding research, scholarship and originality. Two awards are offered annually: $1,000 to an upper-division undergraduate in the humanities and $1,000 to an upper-division student in the social sciences, sciences or engineering.
A program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, SURF seeks applications from eligible colleges and universities located in the United States and its territories. The programs provide research opportunities for undergraduate students to work with internationally known scientists, to expose them to cutting-edge research, and to promote the pursuit of graduate degrees in science and engineering.
To better integrate OSU’s renowned research into daily operations and improve the student experience, SSI funds applied research projects designed to advance the sustainability of the Corvallis campus’ built environment, operations, policy, academics and student engagement.
The College of Agricultural Sciences maintains a list of undergraduate research opportunities, including grants available through various colleges, professional organizations and international programs.
The College of Engineering, where research is integral to the undergraduate curriculum, students can choose from multiple hands-on learning opportunities in renewable energy, nanotechnology, sustainable infrastructure and other cutting-edge fields. Robotics REU
Undergraduate Research Awards Program (URAP) in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences offers opportunities to delve into hands-on experiences, gain exposure to possible new careers, and increase competitiveness for graduate school admission.
The College of Veterinary Medicine offers an opportunity to perform health-related research in its laboratories during the summer. The program is open to all undergraduate students. Application Deadline: January 31, 2016.
The School of Psychological Science has an undergraduate research program offering valuable opportunities for research experience in subjects ranging from cognition to nonverbal behavior, stress and coping, and social cognition.
An educational resource for encouraging student hands-on research experiences in computing is available free. Created by Margaret Burnett, OSU professor of computer science, REU-In-A-Box: Expanding the Pool of Computing Researchers explains the benefits of undergraduate research in computing. It focuses on the interactions of a faculty mentor with one or a few students, guiding mentors through three stages.
This annual event presents academic and creative work in a formal setting as a mark of accomplishment in studies.