Research Week

Research WeekPSU's Premier Celebration of Research | May 3 - 10, 2019

At Portland State University, as researchers, we are explorers, problem-solvers, and change-makers. Our research brings new discoveries and possibilities into focus, addresses critical challenges facing our local and global communities, and equips our students with the skills they need to reach their full potential.

Research Week is a celebration of the researchers who help make our University great. This week-long series of events is intended to honor and call attention to the exceptional research, including scholarship and creativity, of Portland State University faculty members and students. Through our tripartite mission of research, service, and teaching we exemplify Portland State University's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve." PSU: where education, innovation, and exploration thrive.
Research Week aims to:

  • Communicate the value and impact of PSU faculty and student research, including scholarship and the arts, within and beyond the PSU community
  • Honor exceptional faculty and student researchers, scholars, and creatives
  • Demonstrate the value of experiential learning
  • Strengthen professional networks within the research community at PSU

Research Week Schedule of Events


FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019

Portland State University Research Week Presents: Research Awards Dinner

Celebrate faculty researchers and their contributions to their field. Join us as we honor the recipients of university-wide awards for research and mentorship and college researcher of the year awards.

This is a ticketed event by invitation only.
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Sentinel Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave.


MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019

Portland State University Research Week Presents: Deans' Breakfast with Graduate Fellows

PSU's graduate student fellows are invited to attend breakfast with deans and university administrators. During the breakfast graduate fellows will have the opportunity to engage in an open dialogue with deans and administrators in which both can share their stories of research successes.

By invitation only.
Time: 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Location: Parsons Gallery, The Urban Center, room 212, 506 SW Mill St.

Portland State University Research Week Presents: Faculty Author Exhibition

Join us as we highlight three PSU faculty authors who published books in 2018. Leni Zumas is an Associate Professor and Director of the Creative Writing program in PSU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Zumas is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Red Clocks, recognized by The Washington Post as one of the 50 most notable works of fiction in 2018. Billie Sandberg is an Associate Professor of Public Administration in PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs. Sandberg co-authored Reframing Nonprofit Organizations: Democracy, Inclusion, and Social Change. Mitchell Cruzan is a Professor of Biology in PSU’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Cruzan is the author of Evolutionary Biology: A Plant Perspective. Food and beverages will be provided.

Open to the public
Time: 12:15 to 1:45 p.m.
Location: Millar Library 3rd floor collaborative space


TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2019


Portland State University Research Week Presents: Student Research Symposium

The Graduate School invites faculty and administrators to the Student Research Symposium, a showcase of student learning held during Research Week at SMSU (3rd Floor) on Tuesday, May 7. This lively event gives students from all disciplines the opportunity to present their investigations from the academic year, and receive valuable feedback from the PSU community. View event information or contact the Graduate School at with questions.

Open to the public
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, 3rd floor, room 355, 1825 SW Broadway Ave.

Portland State University Research Week Presents: Community-engaged Research Lunch

The College of Urban & Public Affairs has created the Community Engagement Research Academy (CERA) as a home, mostly virtual, for the intellectual core of our community engagement work across the university and a way to create and share research about engagement practice and impact. To launch this effort, CERA began a Small Grants Program to explore what we are learning about civic and community engagement and its impact upon the quality of life in the community we serve and outcomes for our students and faculty who participate in community-based learning and research.

This event is sold out.
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Urban Center Building, Room 710

Portland State University Research Week Presents: Presidential Career Research Award Lecture

Join us for a presentation by the 2019 Presidential Career Research Award Recipient, Robert Strongin, Professor of Chemistry at PSU. During the talk, Strongin will highlight recent discoveries from research he and colleagues are conducting on vaping e-cigarettes and cannabis and the potential for negative health impacts.

Open to the public
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Parsons Gallery, The Urban Center, room 212, 506 SW Mill St.



Portland State University Research Week Presents: The Future of PSU Impact: Innovation, Commercialization, Acceleration

Join us at PSU's globally award-winning Business Accelerator for a celebration of research impact enabled by intellectual property, a thriving business community, and entrepreneurial training for students and faculty. Lunch is provided! Short introductions to the office of Innovation & Intellectual Property, the PSU Business Accelerator, and the Center for Entrepreneurship will be accompanied by awards to PSU faculty, students, and Accelerator tenant companies who exemplify the transformation of research into innovation and impact. Open to the public.

Open to the public with limited seating available. RSVP here.
Time: 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Location: PSU Business Accelerator, 2828 SW Corbett Ave.

The National Science and Technology Medals Foundation and Portland State University Research Week Presents: An Evening with Geri Richmond

On Wednesday, May 8 the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation will host an intimate evening of conversation and discovery with Geri Richmond at Portland State University where audiences will have a unique opportunity to pull back the curtain on her world-changing scientific accomplishments.

Dr. Richmond is the Presidential Chair in Science and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oregon, an advocate for women in STEM, and a 2013 National Medal of Science Laureate.

A world renown chemist and a champion for women in STEM, Dr. Richmond is most famous for her landmark discoveries about the molecular characteristics of water’s surface. Her breakthroughs have given researchers across the world a better understanding of how water behaves with its surroundings on a chemical level. This understanding has implications for oil spill clean-ups, environmental remediation, energy production, and so much more.

Her work outside the lab is equally impressive. She is the founder and director of COACh, a grassroots organization that has helped over 20,000 women scientists and engineers in career advancement in the U.S. and countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Dr. Susan Jeffords, Provost of Portland State University, will moderate the conversation, which will cover Dr. Richmond’s colorful career, her work to support women in science and engineering fields, among other topics. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions of Dr. Richmond following the interview. The program will conclude with a short reception for all.

This event will be webcast live online on Facebook and Youtube, and the full event video will be available on the NSTMF website afterward. Webcast audiences are encouraged to participate in the conversation using #AnEveningWith.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are free and available here.
Doors open at 3:00 p.m.
Event and reception: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Native American Student and Community Center, 719 SW Jackson St.

Portland State University Research Week Presents: Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, James P. Collins

Join us for the talk by Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, James P. Collins. Collins is the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Natural History and the Environment at Arizona State University. Collins’s talk, “Altering nature with gene drives--We can. But should we?” will examine critical questions raised by cutting-edge technologies like CRISPR.

Collins’s research explores host-pathogen biology and its relationship to the decline and extinction of species, the intellectual and institutional factors that have shaped Ecology’s development as a discipline, as well as Ecological Ethics. He is a Fellow of AAAS, a Fellow of the Association for Women in Science, and past President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. He is currently chair of the Board on Life Sciences of the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Collins is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and the co-author with Martha Crump of Extinction in Our Times: Global Amphibian Decline.

Open to the public
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Cramer Hall, 382



Portland State University Research Week Presents: Three Minute Thesis

Fifth annual research communication competition designed to help students develop presentation skills by consolidating their research and presenting it succinctly to a non-specialist audience, all in just three minutes. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia for Masters and Doctoral students. 3MT began in 2008 and has since spread to 80 universities in a dozen countries.

Open to the public
Time: 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Millar Library 3rd floor Collaborative Space, 1875 SW Park Ave.

Portland State University Research Week Presents: Research Week Closing Celebration

Join the 2019 Research and Mentorship award winners and the winners of the Three Minute Thesis, along with faculty members and students at a reception celebrating the exceptional research, scholarship, and creative works of the PSU community.

Open to the public
Time: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Millar Library 3rd floor Collaborative Space, 1875 SW Park Ave.


FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019

Portland State University Research Week Presents: Friday Transportation Seminar: How AV Could Shape Our Cities - Research from the Netherlands

Automated driving has become a hot topic of research in different fields of science. Despite the great advancements in the vehicle technology itself, researchers are now concerned in figuring out what will be the impacts of these vehicles in life as we know it. These impacts can be rather broad from traffic safety to the economy. In this lecture, Goncalo will focus on the research that is being done at TU Delft, a leading university in automated vehicles’ (AVs) impacts research, focusing on urban areas and how mobility, and even the city itself, can change with fully-automated vehicles. Goncalo Correia will be covering impacts on the value of travel time, traffic congestion, land use, among others. This is work in progress that requires the involvement of all researchers interested in the topic, thus, in that sense, the lecture is intended more to foster research questions and methods than on giving final answers, which are still a bit far away.

Kelly Clifton and Chris Monsere of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science will lead a discussion with Goncalo about various aspects of AVs and their impacts on the future transportation.

Open to the public.
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Karl Miller Center, Room 465

Portland State University Research Week Presents: Department of Chemistry Seminar Series: John J. Correia

Dr. Correia's research has focused on two broad areas including biophysical studies of macromolecular interactions by analytical ultracentrifuge techniques with an emphasis on the interaction of anti-mitotic drugs like vinca alkaloids with tubulin and microtubule proteins. Correia's vinca work focused on the Biothermodynamics of tubulin spiral interactions that stressed implications for translational studies and predicted clinical potencies and mechanisms of drug resistance. He pursued numerous collaborations with drugs companies that provided vinca derivatives and measured comparative energetics by AUC. Two of these drugs have made it to the clinics. Correia's recent focus is on the characterization of a drug delivery system, Elastin-Like Peptide, and the hydrodynamic characterization of ELP in serum.

Open to the public.
Time: 3:15 p.m.
Science Building 1, Room 107