Oregon State University

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

A great opportunity for undergraduates to participate in research at sea or in the world-class analytical laboratories is available through Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

While the College does not offer a major program of undergraduate study, CEOAS faculty teach 18 courses that serve more than 800 undergraduate students each year at Oregon State University.

Nationally, there is a shortage of high-quality applicants to graduate programs in oceanography and atmospheric sciences. Some of the talented and highly motivated undergraduates in the Honors College may find a career in this direction following exposure through an REU program. The CEOAS-University Honors College REU program matches 5-6 UHC students each academic year with faculty mentors in CEOAS to conduct research programs with support from federal agencies (e.g., NSF, NASA, NOAA).

Supplemental funding requested by faculty for existing research awards support student participation. Students can then be assured of:

Initial selection of projects, faculty and students occur between the sophomore and junior years, so that REU students are engaged in research through the junior year. Senior thesis topics are pursued in the second year.

To broaden the pool of potential Honors College participants, COAS provides an honors section of OC331, Introduction to Oceanography currently taught every term on campus (and as an extended campus course each year).

The REU program is coordinated through the Student Programs office in CEOAS (see Rob Wheatcroft) and the Dean of the Honors College (Toni Doolen).