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Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Undergraduate research provides students the opportunity to take learning out of the classroom. Conducting research at Portland State University is a great way to get to know faculty, graduate students, and other undergraduates who share similar academic and career interests.

Paid Opportunity

Paid Opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteer Opportunity

altREU: Computational Modeling Serving the City

The altREU program on “Computational Modeling Serving Your Community” is an alternative, fully online, project-based Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). It is designed for you, the intrinsically motivated doer, eager to go through a unique learning experience that has the potential to directly impact both your community and your career. This opportunity is for remote fieldwork. Financial support is not available for this opportunity.

Outcomes: Your main project will attempt to solve a real-world issue in your community, an issue that you have identified, something you are passionate about.

Dates: June 14 - August 20, 2021
Application Due Date: May 2, 2021
Contact: Christof Teuscher


Volunteer Opportunity

Public Archaeology Field School

Join a team from Portland State University, Washington State University Vancouver, and the National Park Service to explore one of the most important indigenous and colonial/multicultural sites in the Pacific Northwest. Explore the multiple meanings of colonial and indigenous heritage while studying the material belongings of past and present peoples and documenting past practices and modern archaeological and heritage resources. Become proficient in archaeological field techniques; including survey, testing, and excavation while you participate in an award-winning field research program. Employ mobile information technology in a variety of field situations, including field excavation and grave monument documentation expanding the use of mobile devices in heritage preservation and cultural resources management (CRM). Acquire skills in laboratory processing of artifacts, basic identification of cultural materials, and techniques of archaeological analysis for colonial material culture. Learn social media skills from National Park Service interpreters and public archaeology experts on how to engage digitally with diverse public and explore the meaning of archaeology with people of many communities. This is an intensive course of hands-on study. The class will run Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. Due to covid-19 safety restrictions, there will be a limited number of positions available. This is a fieldwork opportunity. Applicants must have taken an introductory course in archaeology or similar preparation. There are costs associated with participating in this program. 

Outcomes: Research Design: implementation of a research design through the collection and preparation of field samples, examination of different ways to collect information, adjustment of research designs based on finds and contingencies, exploration of reasoning, ethical considerations; Critical Thinking: appropriate techniques for analysis and interpretation of archaeological phenomena including how to make inferences from material culture data, understanding and interpretation of site taphonomic and formation processes, and comparison and assessment of different ways of viewing the past through historical documents, oral traditions, and archaeological resources; Communication: field writing skills, including the distinct separation of observation from interpretation, development of inferences and arguments based on data, analytical writing skills through written assignments, an understanding of measurement systems and numerical recording systems in archaeological data collection, the presentation of numerical data in in-field inference and analysis, and interpretation to the public through digital public engagement; Professional Etiquette: appropriate ways to work with other team members in research and to engage constructively with site visitors, including indigenous communities, youth groups, and the general public.

Dates: June - July 2021
Application Due Date: May 5, 2021
Contact: Douglas Wilson