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Portland State University is your testing ground for putting new ideas into action. As Oregon’s only urban, public research university, we believe in involving everyone—from freshmen to faculty—in solving the problems facing our region and our world. Because the only way to bridge the gap between what is and what could be is together.
Research Administration provides the information and resources PSU researchers need for sponsored projects. Support includes funding opportunities and expert assistance with proposal preparation, award management, training, data security, export controls, and the rules and procedures for studies involving human or animal subjects.
PSU researchers create ideas, technologies, and innovative programs to meet 21st-century challenges. Propel PSU drives the impact of these innovations further with entrepreneurship and commercialization programming from the Portland State Business Accelerator, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and Innovation & Intellectual Property.
Our research centers are on the cutting edge, with breakthrough discoveries in fields that include: digital cities, transportation, sustainability, and solutions to homelessness. Our researchers take a multidisciplinary approach to pioneering new territories and leading the way to address the major challenges facing our city, region, and world.
Lead your own research projects and advance your career in Portland State’s nationally ranked graduate programs. Top national researchers will mentor and inspire you in state-of-the-art laboratories and community projects. Challenge the status quo and make progress across fields such as social sciences, urban planning, engineering, and life sciences. Our graduate research programs give you the chance to improve your life and the lives of others.
You can dig deep in your major, grow your research skills and address real-world issues as an undergraduate at Portland State. In programs such as Build EXITO, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, and Research Experiences for Undergraduates, you can work with world-class faculty mentors on leading-edge projects. You’ll find undergraduate research and learning opportunities in every field, for every student. Explore undergraduate research.
Talya Bauer is the Cameron Professor of Management in the School of Business and the 2020 recipient of the Presidential Career Research Award. Professor Bauer's research focuses on employee life-cycles at work along with increasing work safety and reducing workplace hazards.
Associate Professor Greg Townley is the recipient of the 2020 Early Career Research Award. Townley and his team of researchers are committed to creating effective and responsive social outreach programs to support unhoused communities.
Anthropology Professor, Virginia Butler is the recipient of the 2020 Graduate Mentoring Excellence Award. Butler's research focuses on the diets of the original indigenous inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest.
Research Assistant Professor Jennifer Blakeslee is the recipient of the 2020 Research Faculty Award. Blakeslee's research focuses on improving services within the foster care community.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Christof Teuscher develops novel devices, computer architectures, and programming languages that advance machine learning, artificial intelligence, and biomolecular computing.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Steve Reichow studies the inner workings of cells. He and his team of students in the Reichow Lab are using high-resolution imaging technology and computer simulations to better understand how certain diseases progress.
School of Social Work Assistant Professor Gita Mehrotra's research examines the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and geography within the context of social work practice and education.
Civil Engineering Ph.D. student Bashar Al-Daomi develops new tools to purify wastewater in underserved communities.
Founded by Chemistry Professor Theresa McCormick, Portland State spin-out company, AirOmatix explores how its innovative oxygen isolating and storage technology could impact a variety of industries, including healthcare, food storage, transportation, and sports.