The Center for Undergraduate Research and Engagement (CURE) further supports the UO's culture of inquiry, with a focus on faculty-mentored projects. CURE works closely with the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, helps to infuse research into curricula, and works to showcase undergraduate research across campus and around the state.
Right now, UO undergrads are working on hundreds of research projects, including:
- measuring muscle activity to control robotic prosthetic feet
- unearthing stone tools in eastern Oregon and analyzing the 7,500-year-old projectile points to chart the movement of ancient peoples
- creating algorithms to help researchers at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva sift through the trillions of "interactions" that happen in a proton collision
- exploring the effects of the gut microbiome on cancer and other health risks
- retooling software to take advantage of the next wave of high-performance data processing
- installing seismographs that monitor the Cascadia subduction zone
- mapping the floor of the Aegean Sea to reveal faults and landslides to help predict geological activity
If you envision graduate school in your future, four of our science programs—biology, geography, physics, and psychology—are ranked within the top 16 percent in the nation, based on the most recent National Research Council's Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs. We also lead the state in chemistry, geology, and math.
Michelle has always been intrigued by the internal functions of the human body. As a Knight Campus Undergraduate Scholar, she started working with mentor Kelly Hyland, a research engineer in the Guldberg Lab. With Kelly's guidance, she continues to study cartilage degeneration in osteoarthritis, as well as potential regenerative therapies. Next? Maybe patient care, maybe further research. Either way, Michelle's experience in the Guldberg Lab has set her up for a future in advancing medicine.
GEO offers more than 300 programs in 70 countries spanning from more teaditional classroom experiences to research, internships, and service learning. And with numerous scholarships available, the world is within reach. Explore the wide range of options and search by cost, location, length, subjects, and program types on the GEO website.