Susan Cooper holding a test tube in a chemistry lab

We’re a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), meaning we’re one of the top 34 public research universities in the nation. We’re one of two AAU members in the Pacific Northwest, and the only one in Oregon.

Research is one of the things that makes us who we are. We value the curiosity that drives Ducks to seek solutions to big problems, little problems, and problems that everyone thinks are already solved. With many projects to choose from, our students get access to internships and research opportunities. In fact, 80.5 percent of our undergraduate students participate in some form of research.

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Research by the Numbers

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The number of students participating in a research project, creative activity, or research paper as part of their coursework
grants, contracts and competitive awards in Fiscal Year 2019

Science Advancing Society

The Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact is an ambitious initiative to fast-track scientific discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for people in Oregon, the nation, and the world. The campus creates the intellectual infrastructure to establish Oregon as a center for both research and development, making Oregon a place where companies can start-up, grow, and stay.

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Robert Guldberg
The Knight Campus serves as a hub for new partnerships, inspiring discovery and innovation across campus, the region and the country. We’re creating an ecosystem of collaboration, supporting diverse perspectives dedicated to the pursuit of breakthroughs that improve people’s lives.
Robert Guldberg, vice president and Robert and Leona DeArmond executive director of the Knight Campus


Robert Guldberg
The Knight Campus serves as a hub for new partnerships, inspiring discovery and innovation across campus, the region and the country. We’re creating an ecosystem of collaboration, supporting diverse perspectives dedicated to the pursuit of breakthroughs that improve people’s lives.
Robert Guldberg, vice president and Robert and Leona DeArmond executive director of the Knight Campus

A Head Start on Discovery

Innovation is our favorite UO tradition. That’s why we have the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium—to highlight the outstanding original research, creative work, and community-based projects our undergraduates produce.

Undergraduate Research Symposium


Poster presentation on Dual-Task Gait Stability Assessment Utilizing a Wearable Motion Analysis Sensor System


Poster presentation on Electron Interferometry


Poster presentation on The Role of Recall in Self-Enhancing Social Comparisons of Academic Performance


Poster presentation on Indigenous Danza in Mexico and the United States


Poster presentation on Anthropogenic Effects on Wildlife: Racoon Body Weight Through Time, Latitude, and Urbanization

Faculty Research Excellence

Excellence in research attracts a world-class faculty to the University of Oregon. Our Health Promotion Initiative aims to promote health and well-being across the lifespan, with a particular emphasis on reducing risk for chronic diseases and associated disparities, through collaborative efforts of researchers with different disciplines.

Elizabeth Budd
Liz Budd’s research is focused on how social and physical environments of youth and adolescents influence their health behaviors and she aims to build community connections through neighborhood programs and policies within schools.
Nicole Giuliani
Nicole Giuliani aims to map out individual- and family-based interventions drawn from her research on basic brain processes and mechanisms that are tied to emotion and self-regulation when it comes to eating decisions.
Nichole Kelly
Nichole Kelly's research aims to identify effective strategies for improving eating behaviors in order to help children and their families live healthier lives.
Award-Winning Faculty
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1 Nobel Prize Winner

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1 MacArthur Fellow

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2 National Medal of Science Recipients

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2 American Cancer Society Fellows

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3 Pulitzer Prize Winners

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9 National Academy of Sciences Members

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41 Guggenheim Fellows

Did You Know?

More than 23,000 schools in the United States and internationally use our faculty-developed Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports programs and apps. And roughly 1 in 10 students in the United States were impacted by the use of our School Wide Information Systems.

Graduate Research

Research, both basic and applied, is an important part of learning, engaging students in the scholarly work of faculty, fostering inquiry and experimentation, and developing intellectual rigor and discipline.

Our research encompasses thousands of scholarly, scientific, and creative endeavors. We train students in the real-world knowledge and skills necessary to be successful, helping you prepare for a successful career.

Jennifer Hampton Hill
Jennifer Hampton Hill

An unexpected discovery by Jennifer Hampton Hill, PhD '17, while a doctoral student at the UO could someday lead to new treatments for the nearly 1.5 million Americans with Type 1 diabetes

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Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate participation in research is a hallmark of a quality liberal arts education. At the University of Oregon undergraduate students from all academic disciplines are working with faculty to investigate, discover, create, and innovate; all while developing the skills to prepare them for careers in academia, industry, and the private and public sectors.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program provides resources and services in support of student engagement in faculty-mentored undergraduate research and creative scholarship activities.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Manju Bangalore
Manju Bangalore

Fueled by a desire to travel to space, physics major, and NASA intern Manju Bangalore proves that focus, determination, and failure are all necessary for success

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Economic Impact

Our discoveries do not stay confined to the laboratory—they are out creating jobs and improving the lives of the people in our state, country, and world. Our researchers receive funding from federal agencies, state governments, and private foundations to support research pushing the boundaries of our knowledge. Research creates jobs for the people who live in our communities, pay state taxes, and send their children to our schools.

Economic Impact Oregon Impact

inventions, copyrighted works, biological materials, software and related trademarks in Fiscal Year 2019
spinout companies based on research discoveries
licensing revenue in Fiscal Year 2019


We embolden innovation and economic development through strategic partnering and technology transfer initiatives. We are reaching beyond campus boundaries to form strategic partnerships, advancing the national research agenda in everything from theoretical physics to neuroscience and microbiology.

Move Beyond Campus

942 Olive Street

Students and faculty members from an array of departments are sharing the UO's downtown innovation hub with local entrepreneurs, creating opportunities for cross-pollination and exposure to real-world business activity.

Partnering for Innovation

Research News

September 13

Two programs provide an opportunity for collaborative work in a variety of disciplines

July 19

UO researchers were awarded 40 grants during the month

July 1

The inaugural program features monthly seminars, social events and mentor networks

June 28

Students receive funding to pursue research and career development opportunities

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P. Alex de Verteuil

Doctoral candidate P. Alex de Verteuil, whose research studies the transgenerational effects of stress, particularly the response of dietary stress on children, created the SCORE mentorship program, which helps undergraduate students of color in the sciences get their foot in the laboratory door

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