For Students

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. 

Cascades Edge

Undergraduate research counts as a professional development activity.
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Cascades Research and Scholarship Fellowship

Take your interest to a deeper level. Create a faculty-mentored research project and you can earn a scholarship, plus funding for research supplies. Applications accepted once per year, typically in November.
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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

OSU's Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and the Arts program annually provides first- and second-year students and new transfer students an opportunity to work with faculty mentors in disciplines across OSU to help advance a research project, and be awarded funding.
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National Undergraduate Research Week

This annual April event celebrates undergraduate research nationally. New at Cascades in 2024 is a “My Research Story” video contest to highlight innovation and creativity by undergraduate researchers and express gratitude for the role mentors play in education and career development.

Cascades Research and Scholarship Symposium

This annual spring event showcases the variety of research underway by students throughout OSU-Cascades, with posters and lightning talks, and awards, too. Engage other students in your work, or come and explore the work underway by your fellow students in disciplines from social science to computer science.
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OSU Honors College

As an Honors College student at OSU-Cascades, you'll have access to advanced classes, unique research opportunities and interdisciplinary studies, and graduate with the Honors Baccalaureate, OSU's most prestigious undergraduate degree.
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Research is all around you

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, engineer 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 where your curiosity will 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.

Student researcher in biology lab


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.

Student researcher with drone


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.