Graduate Student Research

CPHHS Office of Research

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences provides numerous opportunities for graduate students to immerse themselves in research. Students have great access to faculty and their research projects, and the ability to create their own.

Students may participate in research by working directly with a faculty member for research credits, volunteering on a project, being hired as a graduate research assistant, or through their thesis or dissertation work.


Annual Graduate Student Research Poster Session

In keeping with Oregon State University’s commitment to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19, we are postponing the fourth annual College of Public Health and Human Sciences Graduate Student Research Poster Session and reception to be held April 3. More than 40 graduate students signed up to present, indicating a strong desire among our graduate students to share their research and present in an informal venue. As things unfold, we will keep you informed of future plans for possibly rescheduling this event.

If you have questions, please contact Gretchen Dursch.


2019 poster award winners

Faculty’s Choice
  • Sydelle Harrison --Tek Health: Developing Culturally Appropriate Media Messages for Risk Reduction
  • Deeksha Rao -- Cross Sectional Analysis of Association between Gender Based Violence, Depression and Access to Healthcare Services among Female Sex Workers in South India
People’s Choice
  • Maria Kurth --  PTSD Symptoms among Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and OEF/OIF/OND Veterans: A Rural/Urban Comparison


Research Resources

Research Projects, Programs and Laboratories

Learn more about the vast array of research activities in our College. This comprehensive list is sorted by our five signature research areas.


Weekly Research Seminars

The College of Public Health & Human Sciences seminar series provides a forum for faculty in the College and other researchers (national and international) to present and discuss current research topics in an environment conducive to stimulating research collaboration and fostering student learning. Join us on Friday afternoons at 1:00 in the Hallie Ford Center.


Research Centers

Learn more about our College’s four distinctive research centers.


Research Trainings, Workshops, Events, and Resources

Various units on campus host research trainings and workshops for graduate students including the following (this is not an exhaustive list).

Faculty Panel – Graduate Student Manuscript Preparation and Publication

On October 23, 2019, five CPHHS faculty -- John Geldhof, Molly Kile, Sunil Khanna, Megan MacDonald, and Jangho Yoon – presented information on why it is important to publish your research findings and tips on how to do so successfully.

Listen to the presentation.

Or download.

The Graduate School

The OSU Graduate School provides Opportunities including IRB drop-in hours, literature review, workshops, a Three-Minute Thesis Competition, and more.

The OSU library

The OSU library hosts many workshops, including how to manage your research data, tips on publishing and showcasing your research, and trainings on software like SPSS and Zotero.


Ecampus hosts a “Research in Action” podcast that explores a wide range of topics and issues related to research in higher ed.

Human Research Protection Program and IRB

Students can determine if a project requires IRB approval and begin to prepare an initial submission by going to Human Research Protection Program and IRB. IRB hosts drop-in hours for OSU students with questions or concerns about the IRB process.

CPHHS Mentored Grant Resources and Services

Graduate students who want to apply for externally funded sponsored projects such as fellowships, dissertation research, or pilot grant funding can obtain resources and assistance to successfully develop and submit proposals through OSU.