Oregon State University is a research powerhouse because we want to make a difference. You can, too.
At OSU-Cascades, undergraduate students work alongside faculty researchers and in our laboratories to find solutions for our biggest challenges.
You can contribute to research that helps restore riverbanks, engineers solutions to create fresh water, nurtures vulnerable children and encourages adults to live longer, happier lives.
Whether your major is in the sciences or humanities, research experience opens doors to meeting new people and discovering how far your curiosity can take you.
Our faculty are teachers, real-world experts and world-class researchers – and passionate about engaging students in research.
Hands-on research projects open doors to people, opportunities and career possibilities.
Mia Bagaric didn’t picture her pre-med biology undergraduate track including a chance to join groundbreaking walrus research. But that’s the kind of hands-on work we encourage. She joined researcher Heather Broughton on a collaboration with Alaska Native communities of the Eskimo Walrus Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study walrus health and immunity. By analyzing tiny samples of muscle, blubber, immune cells and fecal matter, Mia saw beyond the micropscopic and gained a wider view of the world.
Wildfires in the West have highlighted the need for improved forest management practices. Energy systems engineering student Bridger Cook knew using remnants of tree and underbrush thinning for biomass energy was an expensive option. So he looked at other ways to process forest residue. His proposal earned a $40,000 grant from the Sun Grant Western Regional Center, and he’ll continue the study as a graduate student.
Take your interest to a deeper level. Create a faculty-mentored research project and you can earn a scholarship of up to $1,000, plus funding for research supplies.
Keep your eye out for a job in one of the laboratories at OSU-Cascades.
Each year, first- and second-year students and new transfer students work with faculty mentors to help advance a research project, and can earn $750.
Cascades Research and Scholarship Symposium
This annual event is a chance for you to engage others in your work.