Opportunities in Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, & Computer Science

Pay careful attention to the deadlines and eligibility criteria for each individual opportunity.

Oregon Undergraduate Researchers in SPUR (OURS)

Overview: Provides UO undergraduate students with an opportunity to conduct rigorous, high profile science research project with a lab mentor under the direction of a research professor. Each project is mentored closely by the host lab faculty or principal investigator.  Students participate in lab and group meetings and are encouraged to present their work to the lab group in a mid-summer meeting.

Host Department(s): Life Sciences

Contact: Bryan Rebar, Director

Email: spur@uoregon.edu

Phone: 541-346-5862

Website: http://ours.uoregon.edu/


  • Have completed at least one year of undergraduate coursework by summer.
  • Be undergraduates in good standing.
  • Be strongly motivated to participate in ongoing research projects.
  • Be US citizens or permanent residents.
  • Be a University of Oregon student.
  • Already be participating in a UO lab.

Deadline: No hard deadline.  Students typically apply early during the winter term (January-February) and offers are sent out in March and continue until positions are filled.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Computer and Information Science

Overview: Research Labs represent a different type of experience for students that can supplement the undergraduate curriculum. Students involved in undergraduate research work on cutting-edge scientific problems as part of a team comprising research faculty, Ph.D. students, M.S. students and undergraduates. Students can participate in research for research credit, thesis credit, paid research, and/or career enhancement.

Host Department: Computer and Information Science

Contact: Anton Matschek, Undergraduate Coordinator

Email: antonm@cs.uoregon.edu

Website: http://www.cs.uoregon.edu/Education/Research_Opportunities.php


  • This is not a research program that you apply to; it is the CSI department’s website that provides guidance to students interested in conducting research.

Deadline: None listed.

Chemistry Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Overview: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry encourages well-prepared students to consider the possibilities of pursuing an undergraduate research project. Before enrolling in undergraduate research (CH 401) the student needs to consider the extent of his/her background and future interest in science. While this can prove to be an exciting option for undergraduate majors in chemistry and biochemistry, it is not one that should be taken lightly, for the research experience presents responsibilities both to the student and for the instructor.

Host Department: Chemistry

Contact: Faculty Advisor for Chemistry and Biochemistry

Email: chemadv@uoregon.edu

Website: http://chemistry.uoregon.edu/undergraduate/ugradresearch/


  • This is not a research program that you apply to; it is the chemistry department’s website that provides guidance to students interested in conducting research.

Deadline: None listed.

R25 Summer Research Program

Overview: Offers fellowship opportunities for undergraduates to participate in ongoing National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) funded research in a mentored research program.

Host Department: Life Sciences

Contact: Bryan Rebar, Director

Email: spur@uoregon.edu

Phone: 541-346-5862

Website: http://r25srp.uoregon.edu


  • One year of undergraduate education completed.
  • Good academic standing.
  • US Citizen

Deadline: No hard deadline.  Students typically apply early during January and offers are sent out in late-February and continue until positions are filled.

Ecosystem Workforce Program

Overview: Students from a diversity of departments across campus at the University of Oregon work with EWP faculty to assist with EWP research, collaborative project coordination, web design and maintenance, and general office support. We provide practical project experience through graduate fellowships, paid and undpaid internships, work study employment, and by serving as student research advisors and committee members on relevant thesis topics. These opportunities advance students’ understanding of the ecosystem workforce and analytical skills through participation in EWP projects.

Host Department: Institute for a Sustainable Environment

Contact: Ecosystem Workforce Program

Email: ewp@uoregon.edu

Website: http://ewp.uoregon.edu/about/experience


  • Students interested in working with EWP faculty on research projects should visit our current research page to better understand our research topic areas. After visiting our current research page, students should contact relevant EWP faculty to discuss potential opportunities.

Deadline: None.

Environmental Leadership Program

Overview: The Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary service-learning program housed in the University of Oregon Environmental Studies Program. We match student teams with non-profit organizations, governmental agencies and businesses to address local environmental needs. Our students gain leadership, communication and professional skills by engaging directly in applied problem-resolution while providing valuable assistance to our community partners.

Host Department: Environmental Studies Program

Contact: Peg Boulay

Email: boulay@uoregon.edu

Website: http://envs.uoregon.edu/environmental-leadership-program-2/


  • Open to all undergraduates with at least junior standing.
  • Priority is given to ENVS and ESCI majors.

Deadline: Fall projects deadline in early May. Winter/Spring project deadlines during fall term.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Physics

Overview: This is not a research program that you apply to; it is the Physics department’s website that provides guidance to students interested in conducting research.

Host Department: Physics

Contact: Scott Fisher, Advising Coordinator for the Department of Physics

Email: rsf@uoregon.edu

Website: http://physics.uoregon.edu/uophys_ugrad/uo_physics_ugrad_research2/


  • Contact the department for more information.

Deadline: None.

Human Physiology Undergraduate Research Assistants

Overview: Faculty within the department have students working as Undergraduate Research Assistants in their labs. Interested students may complete an online application.

Host Department: Human Physiology

Contact: Undergraduate Advisers

Email: visit website

Website: http://physiology.uoregon.edu/undergraduate/research-experiences/


  • Contact the department for more information.

Deadline: None.

Students of Color Opportunities in Research Environment (SCORE)

Overview: SCORE is an academically based hand-on research club designed for students who underrepresented in the Life Sciences. The program consists of weekly workshops designed to teach students basic laboratory techniques. The primary goal of the program is to enable each student to gain confidence with a scientific skill set which will lead to undergraduate research and professional development opportunities.

Host Department: Biology & Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence

Contact: Patrick Phillips and Precious A. De Verteuil

Email: pphil@uoregon.edu and precious@uoregon.edu

Website: https://inclusion.uoregon.edu/content/mentoring


  • Contact the individuals in the “Contact” section for more information.

Deadline: None.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Psychology

Overview: This is not a research program that you apply to; it is the Psychology department’s website that provides guidance to students interested in conducting research.  Research opportunities for undergraduates can be found on the Blackboard course site called Psychology. Being a research assistant (and earning PSY 401 credit) is highly advised for any student interested in going to graduate school! The projects are fun, good experience and can lead to further opportunities such as an honors thesis or employment opportunities.

Host Department: Department of Psychology

Contact: visit website

Website: https://psychology.uoregon.edu/undergraduate/academics/research-opportunities/


  • Contact the department for more information.

Deadline: n/a

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.

Exploration of Marine Biology on the Oregon Coast (REU)

Overview: The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology’s research experience for undergraduates program, “Exploration of Marine Biology on the Oregon Coast” (EMBOC) offers fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students from both 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities to participate in ongoing marine science research at the University of Oregon’s marine lab during the summer months. In addition to conducting research at OIMB, students participating in the EMBOC program will participate in weekly professional development discussions and training sessions, social activities, field trips and marine biology seminars.

Participating students receive a $500/week stipend ($4500 total for 9 weeks, paid monthly). Travel to and from OIMB is covered. In addition, room and board will be provided at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology for the duration of the 9-week EMBOC program.

Host Department: Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

Contact: Maya Watts or Richard Emlet

Email: mwolf1@uoregon.edu or remlete@uoregon.edu

Website: http://oimb.uoregon.edu/oimb-reu/


  • Be a US Citizen or a Permanent Resident
  • Be an undergraduate attending a 2-year or 4-year college/university
  • Have completed a minimum of one year of course work including introductory biology classes.
  • Be willing to make a full-time commitment for the 9 week program  (40 hrs/week)

Deadline: March 15, 2017