Undergraduate research at PSU
For a growing number of Portland State University students, undergraduate research is a defining experience in their college careers. Hands-on research opportunities improve learning outcomes and sharpen critical thinking skills. It allows students to apply new knowledge to their studies and helps them map paths to graduation and beyond. At Portland State the possibilities are limitless.
Are you a faculty or staff member with an undergraduate research opportunity?
If you have a paid or volunteer undergraduate research position open in your lab or research group, submit your opportunity here.
Benefits of undergraduate research
- Explore and discover interests beyond the classroom and textbook
- Get hands-on experience with innovative research and creative production
- Develop student-faculty mentor relationships and connect with peers
- Acquire in-demand academic and professional skills
- Refine your academic and career goals
- Build self-confidence and a supportive professional network
Are you an undergraduate student interested in exploring research opportunities? View open positions.
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Undergraduate Research: Getting Started
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Are you a faculty member with a research opportunity?
Submit your opportunity here.
If you have a paid or volunteer undergraduate research position open in your lab or research group, post it using this form.
Programs that offer undergraduate research opportunities
PSU Centers that Offer Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Digital City Testbed Center establishes a network of campuses in the Pacific Northwest where smart city technologies are tested before being deployed in communities at large.
The Homelessness Research & Action Collaborative (HRAC) addresses the challenges of homelessness through research that uncovers conditions that lead to and perpetuate homelessness.
The Institute for Sustainable Solutions (ISS) matches the passion and expertise of PSU faculty and students with the experience and needs of community groups, government agencies, and businesses to develop practical solutions for more equitable, livable, sustainable cities and regions.
The Transportation Research & Education Center (TREC) pulls together the voices and expertise of a wide range of backgrounds that collectively shape the ways we move through the world.
The Center for Climate and Aerosol Research conducts research that is relevant both nationally and regionally on the reciprocal effects between atmospheric aerosol particles and global/regional climate.
The Center for Japanese Studies facilitates understanding of Japan as well as the Japanese-American experience among students, faculty and the greater Portland community through a variety of curricular and outreach programs.
The Student Watershed Research Project involves high school students in the collection of stream monitoring data such as water quality samples, biological data, and physical observations.
The Center for Life in Extreme Environments advances our understanding of the boundaries of life and provides insight into future climate conditions and human survival in planetary extremes.
The Center for Spatial Analysis Research serves researchers and organizations in the greater Portland area for projects involving four broad areas of expertise: cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and education.
The Portland Institute for Computational Research was founded on the belief that mathematical computing has and will continue to expand scientific horizons, we're dedicated to fostering research in computational sciences in and around the Portland metro region.
The Autism Training and Research Center improves the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders by conducting research in areas that are important to educators, families, and community service providers of individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
The Center for Public Interest Design is a research and action center at Portland State University that aims to investigate, promote and engage in inclusive design practices that address the needs of underserved communities worldwide.
The Center for Public Service provides individuals and public sector and non-profit organizations access to the intellectual resources and practical experience of the Hatfield School of Government in order to improve governance.
The Population Research Center is an interdisciplinary public service, research, and training unit for population-related data and research for the State of Oregon
The Institute on Aging is a multidisciplinary research and educational organization with strong ties to various community partners. We are located within the College of Urban and Public Affairs.
The Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies (IMS) convenes regional partners, curates credible information, and conducts objective policy research to stimulate dialogue and action that address critical regional issues.
The Northwest Economic Research Center is part of Portland State University's College of Urban and Public Affairs. The Center fills a need for applied economic research in an academic setting in Oregon.
Civil and environmental engineers are actively engaged in local, national, and international research issues that affect the infrastructure of society and the environment.
Computer Science at Portland State offers student researchers opportunities to participate in a variety of areas such as computer graphics and vision, computer security, databases, intelligent systems, programming languages, software engineering, and more
At the Maseeh College, we offer academic programs in electrical and computer engineering that provide transformative opportunities within the classroom and beyond.
From zero-gravity experiments in space to developing nano-materials for biomedical applications, faculty within the Mechanical & Materials Engineering Department engage in a variety of innovative research areas.
The Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services' research, training, and consultation is designed to improve equity and effectiveness in services for children, youth, and families.
The Regional Research Institute works at the intersection of research, program evaluation, and training in direct partnerships with local, state, regional, national, and international agencies to address numerous critical and social issues.