Oregon State University hosts a variety of summer research programs for undergraduates. When participating in one of these programs, students work alongside a research team for several weeks while gaining valuable field and/or lab experience. These programs expand student knowledge as well as providing experience that will be crucial when it comes time to apply and get into graduate school. It is an opportunity to practice research in the field of your choice and build experience that will get you into that field.

Below, you will find a list of various summer research programs available at Oregon State University. Each listing leads you to a program page where you will find additional information about application deadlines, funding opportunities, contact information and more.

General opportunities

Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts (URSA)

URSA Engage provides support ($750) for undergraduate engagement in research/creative activity under the guidance and mentorship of an OSU faculty member. An incentive ($250) is also provided to OSU faculty members to take on relatively inexperienced students who may not have been previously exposed to, or be aware of, the research/scholarship enterprise. For deadlines please reach out to contacts below.


Sophie Pierszalowski, Undergraduate Research Coordinator

Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship & Creativity (URISC)

URISC is designed to create opportunities for students to engage in the scholarly and creative activities with our diverse world-class faculty. 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.


Incentive programs, Research Office 

By discipline

Animal sciences


James Males

Botany and plant pathology


Linda Hardison



Carol Brown

Chemical, biological & environmental engineering




Civil & construction engineering and chemical, biological, & environmental engineering


Participating faculty listed on website

Civil, electrical & computer engineering - NEES Academy

Earth, ocean, and atmospheric sciences



SueAnn Bottoms

Fisheries and wildlife research


Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Program


Kevin Ahern

Library undergraduate research award

This award 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.


Cheryl Middleton

LIFE Scholars – Center for Healthy Aging Research

The Summer LIFE Scholars 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.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Summer Bridge Program

The LSAMP Summer Scholars program is a bridge program for incoming underrepresented minority students (URM) enrolling in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) related major at OSU.



Math REU Email

Mechanical, industrial and manufacturing engineering



Theo Dreher

Pharmaceutical sciences


Debra Peters



Henri Jansen

Plant science – Jaworski fund


Susan Jepson

Public health and human sciences

Science - Summer Undergraduate Research Experience: SURE Science

The College of Science offers this competitive program that supports undergraduates in pursuing research opportunities.


Chelsea Wolk

Even more REU opportunities