Opportunities for Students From All Academic Disciplines

Pay careful attention the deadline and eligibility criteria for each opportunity.

Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

Overview: The Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) Program allows full-time juniors and seniors in Education and related fields the opportunity to work as Research Fellows throughout the University of Oregon. Admission to the program is competitive. Accepted students will work as valued members of a research team and will be granted a tuition waiver for the academic year. This program is specifically designed to encourage undergraduates to continue their studies in graduate school with a commitment to research and the process of scientific inquiry.

Host Department: Center on Teaching & Learning

Contact: Tanya Sheehan, Quality Assurance Manager & Research Specialist

Email: tsheehan@uoregon.edu

Website: http://ctl.uoregon.edu/research/urf


  • Students from any major who exhibit substantial interest in research and who intend to pursue graduate school may apply to the program.
  • The program is designed to support full-time students of junior or senior class standing with a GPA of at least 3.50.
  • Applicants must be Oregon residents and should provide a one-page personal statement that describes their goals, career aspirations, and topics of interest and experience in research.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required from faculty at the University of Oregon or another recently attended university.
  • Applicants must complete an URF application and provide an unofficial transcript from all universities attended.

Deadline: TBA, see website for more details.

McNair Scholars Program

Overview: The McNair Scholars Program (TRiO) prepares qualified juniors and seniors for graduate study leading to PhD degrees. McNair Scholars receive comprehensive support to earn undergraduate degrees, complete research projects in their fields of study, and apply to graduate schools. The program’s limited size provides a close-knit community while helping students gain a broad understanding of research and university culture.

Host Department: Teaching & Learning Center

Contact: Gail Unruh

Email: gqunruh@uoregon.edu

Website: http://mcnair.uoregon.edu/


  • Have earned at least 75 undergraduate credits, but not yet have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a GPA that is competitive for entry into graduate school.
  • Be a U. S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be low-income and first-generation (neither parent has a bachelor’s degree) or be from a group under-represented in graduate education.
  • Be enrolled in upper-division course work in the major.
  • Be committed to success.

Deadline: TBA, see website for more details.