ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES. MAKE THE WORLD BETTER.

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.

RESEARCH IS ALL AROUND YOU

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.

 

EARN SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Layman Fellowships and URSA awards give you experience and financial support.

 

MEET YOUR MENTORS

Our faculty are teachers, real-world experts and world-class researchers – and passionate about engaging students in research.

 

IGNITE A CAREER INTEREST

Hands-on research projects open doors to people, opportunities and career possibilities.

Walruses weren’t expected.

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.

Wildfire prevention creates a usable energy source.

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.

LAYMAN FELLOWSHIP

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.
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WORK IN A LAB

Keep your eye out for a job in one of the laboratories at OSU-Cascades.
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URSA ENGAGE

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.
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SHARE YOUR RESEARCH

Cascades Research and Scholarship Symposium
This annual event is a chance for you to engage others in your work.
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