Experience science firsthand by working alongside our faculty and getting involved in a lab. Many of our students are transformed by rolling up their sleeves and getting in the lab to conduct scientific research.
Not only is OSU Oregon’s largest comprehensive public research university, it is one of only 40 public universities nationwide (out of 1,705 institutions) to receive the Carnegie Foundation’s Tier 1 Very High Research Activity and Community Engagement designations.
Oregon State receives more research funding than any other university in Oregon. That translates into more opportunities for Science students to engage in research, guided by faculty mentors.
Research can take many forms. For example, you might do laboratory work, fieldwork, modeling and computation, surveys and interviews, research design, data collection or entry, quality assurance and control, or a myriad of other tasks.
Why do research? So many reasons!
- Expand your mind and explore career options
- Develop valuable skills such as critical thinking, analytical skills, teamwork and leadership
- Apply classroom learning to real-life situations
- Gain confidence as a researcher
- Help create new knowledge and make an impact in the world
- Build a professional network and connections in your field of study
- Enhance your resume
- And above all, have fun!
Ready to get started?
Many of your first-year courses help you develop the critical and creative thinking skills you need for research. Some students find it helpful to complete those courses first. Others plunge right in when they find an opportunity.