Our college and the university offer multiple paths and resources that allow you 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 you to apply your coursework, build confidence and develop problem-solving skills, establish mentoring relationships with faculty, and build/strengthen skills that allow you 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


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


Undergraduate Research Shadowing and Reflection Program

New this year The CPHHS Undergraduate Research Shadowing and Reflection Program increases student awareness and knowledge through reflection and expands leadership and communication skills related to the research process.

This new program provides undergraduate students an experiential learning opportunity during Winter and Spring terms to:

  • participate in weekly skill building sessions with their student cohort
  • attend research-related seminars/events
  • reflect on their activities and experiences
  • explore a faculty-mentored research setting and shadow a researcher (this component is limited to Spring term 2018)
  • create and present a poster based on reflections of their research experience


LIFE Scholars

The LIFE Scholars summer research program provides an opportunity for you 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 and 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