Our college and the university offer multiple paths and resources that allow undergraduate students to explore and be exposed to faculty-mentored research and to actively engage in research in both social science and bench science settings.

In general, research is about

  • Building knowledge
  • Exploring, creating and sharing new knowledge
  • Participating in hands-on, engaging inquiry

Participating in research allows students to apply their coursework, build confidence and develop problem-solving skills, establish mentoring relationships with faculty, and build/strengthen skills that allow them to become more competitive in both the job market and for graduate school admissions.

The following links provide details about undergraduate research programs, funding, information, and resources available within the College and University.


CPHHS Sponsored Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Resources

Undergraduate Research Initiative

The CPHHS Undergraduate Research Awards Program (URAP) will not be offered in 2017-18.

The college is developing a new undergraduate research initiative.

  • Students involved in the program will have opportunities to explore and be exposed to faculty-mentored research. 
  • We anticipate activities will not provide a student stipend 
  • Stay tuned for details - If you would like to receive an email when the new undergraduate research initiative is available, fill out our interest form
  • This academic year (2017-18), if you would like to apply for a funded, faculty-mentored research experience see OSU URSA-ENGAGE and OSU URISC below.

LIFE Scholars

The LIFE Scholars Summer Research Program provides an opportunity for students to work with a Center for Healthy Aging Research faculty member to develop research skills and an understanding of opportunities in science and research.


University Sponsored Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Resources

URSA (Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and the Arts)

URSA (Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts) facilitates undergraduate engagement in scholarly and creative independent projects mentored by faculty in all disciplines at Oregon State University.

URSA Engage

The URSA Engage Program is designed to establish mentoring relationships for undergraduates early in their academic programs at OSU.

URISC (Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity)

The URISC program provides resources to students to better enable them to work with artists, engineers, scientists, public policy specialists, humanists, health experts, or any of a wide range of other professionals.  

Resources for Undergraduate Research

Additional undergraduate research resources, programs and events across the university.


Research related

Valley Library Undergraduate Research Awards

The Valley Library Undergraduate Research Awards recognizes and rewards OSU undergraduate students who, through the comprehensive use of the OSU Libraries, demonstrate outstanding research, scholarship, and originality in writing a paper or completing a project

Valley Library Undergraduate Research & Writing Studio

At the Undergrad Research & Writing Studio research and writing consultants are available throughout your process. No appointment needed, just drop in and start working