Kick-off meeting: November 6th, 2019, EB310, 5 - 6 PM

Click here for schedule of events (2019/2020 academic year)

Who we are

The National Science Foundation has awarded Portland State University a grant for its Interdisciplinary, Research-based Engineering and Design (IRED) Green Building Scholars program that will fund scholarships to increase the number of students studying building science over a period of six years. Currently in our sixth year, the grant will enable interdisciplinary educational opportunities focused on reducing the environmental impact of buildings. Scholarships are available to U.S. resident Portland State students who are interested in studying green buildings in two tracks: (1) juniors/seniors pursuing a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science and (2) Master's students in those majors.

Note that due to changes in NSF requirements for S-STEM scholarships, we are no longer able to accept students pursuing Architecture degrees for funding. We apologize for this change to the program. Architecture students are encouraged to join outreach events and activities that will be scheduled throughout the year. Check back to this website for updates mid-Fall 2019. 

What is building science?

Building science is the interdisciplinary study of the physical phenomena affecting buildings with a particular emphasis on energy-use and environmental quality. Building science draws on several STEM fields including physics, chemistry, human physiology, material science, meteorology, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, architectural engineering, and building construction technology as well as architecture - specifically the design, integration of systems, envelope and detailing of buildings. At Portland State University, faculty members that teach courses and conduct research related to building science can be found primarily in departments of Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering.

Requirements and opportunities for Green Building Scholars:

  • Take a total of at least seven credits (across Winter through Spring quarters) through a combination of:

    • Independent study or research coursework advised by a CEE or MME faculty member
    • Approved building-science related courses (see list)
  • Attend occasional Green Building Scholars activities for outreach and networking (scheduling TBD)

Students interested in applying to the GBS should discuss their course plan with Dr. Gall or Matt Survilo at either the information session, or by clicking "Contact GBRL" in the upper right of the webpage header. 

Juniors and seniors selected for the program will receive $4500 (payable in $1500/term, pending satisfactory progress)

Graduate students selected for the program will receive $10,000 (payable in $3333/term, pending satisfactory progress)