Nanomicroscopy This REU site, while allowing students to engage in actual research work in a multidisciplinary environment, also focuses on training participants in...
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The REU program provides opportunities for undergraduate students—with an emphasis on underrepresented minorities, females, veterans of the US armed forces, and nontraditional students—to be involved in research projects with the faculty at Portland State University.


Close up of a cell through a microscopeThis program allows students to quickly engage in actual research work in a multidisciplinary environment while training them in an important skill: microscopy and microanalysis techniques for materials characterization. The goal of the summer program is to provide research opportunities to students who do not have access to advanced facilities at their home institution. We strive to motivate students to pursue advanced degrees and research careers in science and engineering fields.

Student using high-tech microscopeFor the REU summer program, participants receive a $4,000 stipend and engage in eight weeks of full-time (40 hours per week) research, as well as attending a week-long training course at the beginning of the program and practical seminars throughout the summer. There are regular group meetings for participants to connect with one another and share their research, as well as a field trip to visit several local high-tech companies such as Thermo Fisher Company, Intel, and Nike In-house Manufacturing. Participants will give a formal presentation at the end of the summer during the REU Symposium and write a research paper for possible publication.

NSF symbolThe academic year program allows local students from Portland State University to actively engage in research each quarter to enrich their educational experience. These opportunities offer funding for the students and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Portland State’s urban setting provides a unique opportunity for students to study in the heart of a vibrant city while outstanding beaches, mountains, and parks are only a short ride away.