Centers & Institutes

The University of Oregon has a long history of interdisciplinary research that continues today in our research centers and institutes. Accounting for more than half of all sponsored research dollars at the university, the UO's centers and institutes employ some of the most productive researchers in the country. With several hundred researchers, students, and supporting staff, the institutes make a major contribution to the university's research and education missions as well as the Oregon economy.

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Our Centers and Institutes

Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT)

CBIRT conducts research and training to improve the lives of children and adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). CBIRT’s research focuses on developing interventions to improve outcomes related to education, employability, and quality of life. Our training activities promote the use of best practices among educators and other professionals who serve individuals with TBI.

Center for Cyber Security and Privacy (CCSP)

The Center for Cyber Security and Privacy conducts a variety of research projects and educational efforts focusing on the security of computer networks and systems. The center brings together faculty working in multiple departments and schools, including Computer and Information Science, Philosophy, the Lundquist College of Business, the School of Law, and Information Services, among others.

Center for High Energy Physics (CHEP)

The Center for High Energy Physics enhances the high energy physics research activities at the University of Oregon by sponsoring seminars on topics in high energy physics, hosting visiting scientists, supporting graduate student research, facilitating interaction between experimental activities and theoretical investigations of Oregon scientists, and fostering communication of research to a broader community.

Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS)

This multidisciplinary research center generates, supports and disseminates research on gender and on all aspects of women's lives. A member of the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW), CSWS is one of 95 women's research and policy centers in the United States and among 300 centers in more than 80 countries.

Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists (COACh)

COACh is a grass-roots organization working to increase the number and career success of women scientists and engineers. In addition to providing avenues for networking and mentoring of scientists and engineers at all levels, COACh works closely in an advisory capacity with many institutions, government organizations and departments to create a professional workplace that provides an equal opportunity for discovery.

Environmental Science Institute (ESI)

The Environmental Science Institute (ESI) was founded in the recognition that solving complex environmental problems requires the knowledge and expertise from multiple traditional disciplines. ESI’s mission is to promote interdisciplinary research and graduate education in the environmental sciences. Members come primarily from the departments of anthropology, biology, geological sciences, and geography.  Research of the faculty and graduate students spans the gamut from the geophysical to the organismal, from microbial to global spatial scales, and from contemporary to geological temporal scales.

Institute for a Sustainable Environment (ISE)

The Institute for a Sustainable Environment is the center for innovative, interdisciplinary research at the nexus of ecological, economic, and social sustainability. The Institute helps resolve complex problems and enable people to sustain economies and environmental systems by engaging in research around natural resource management, land use, climate change, rural development, transportation, renewable energy, natural hazards, and environmental education.

Institute of Ecology and Evolution (IE²)

The Institute of Ecology and Evolution, established in 2002 (formerly the Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology CEEB), promotes and facilitates research and graduate education in ecology and evolutionary biology.  The center encourages scientific interactions among its members and between members and the wider academic community.

Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB)

The University of Oregon offers a wide variety of research and training opportunities in contemporary molecular, structural, cellular, and developmental biology. IMB fosters research and training in contemporary biology at the molecular level by bringing scientists from biology, chemistry, and physics into a common intellectual and physical space.

Institute of Neuroscience (ION)

The Institute of Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary research group of scientists, with faculty and students drawn from the departments of Biology, Psychology, and Human Physiology. Our laboratories offer graduate and postdoctoral training in the neurosciences with projects that address the development of the nervous system to human cognitive processes.

Institute of Theoretical Science (ITS)

The Institute of Theoretical Science is a center for research in several interrelated disciplines that encompass mathematics, theoretical chemistry, and theoretical physics. Research interests of the institute's members include particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, gravitational physics, condensed matter physics and statistical mechanics, group representation theory, geometric analysis, atomic physics, nonlinear dynamics, optical physics, biophysics, and the foundations of quantum mechanics.

Materials Science Institute (MSI)

The purpose of the Materials Science Institute is to study the structure and properties of materials, to educate in the sciences of materials, and to serve Oregon as a resource in these sciences. Since 1985 MSI has more than tripled the size of its research program, developed four new graduate programs in materials, and contributed to the State's prosperity through collaboration with more than 25 Oregon companies.

Neuroinformatics Center (NIC)

The Neuroinformatics Center's goal is to research the application of computer science and numerical computation to problems with brain modeling and imaging. High performance computing plays a significant role in the research at the NIC.

Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI)

The Northwest Indian Language Institute provides Native language teachers, community members and UO students with training in language teaching and linguistics. With tribal partners, NILI supports and strengthens language preservation and restoration efforts by establishing collaborative, on-going projects which meet the specific needs and desires of each language community.

Oregon Center for Optical, Molecular and Quantum Science (OMQ)

The Center for Optical, Molecular and Quantum Science encompasses research in basic and applied aspects of optics in physics and physical chemistry. Members of the center are faculty in physics and chemistry; associate members are from these departments, as well as institutions outside of the university; students—undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D.—are involved in all aspects of the research at OMQ.

Oregon Humanities Center (OHC)

The Oregon Humanities Center is the sole interdisciplinary umbrella organization for the humanities at the University of Oregon. It seeks to promote and strengthen the humanities both on campus and in the broader community by supporting faculty research and teaching, by fostering collaboration among the disciplines, and by sponsoring a wide variety of public programs.

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB)

Founded in 1930, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology is the third oldest marine laboratory on the Pacific Coast. The 130-acre campus located about two hours from Eugene maintains housing and research facilities for visiting investigators and students from other institutions. Resident faculty are members of the Biology department and conduct research on the development, ecology, evolution and physiology of marine organisms worldwide from the intertidal zone to the deep sea. 

Prevention Science Institute

The Prevention Science Institute (PSI) engages in research on social and emotional processes among children, adolescents, and families in support of their mission to improve the lives and wellbeing of at-risk children, individuals, and families throughout their lifespan. PRI is a multi-disciplinary institute focused on understanding human development, preventing behavioral health problems, and implementing effective interventions in community settings. The institute also provides vital professional and research training for graduate and undergraduate students.

Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN)

An affiliate of the Prevention Science Institute, the Center for Translational Neuroscience (CTN) seeks to translate knowledge from basic neuroscience and apply it to improve well-being, promote resilience and mitigate the effects of early adverse experiences. Activities at the center address scientific issues of social importance with the goal of informing policy and practice. The center brings together faculty whose interests span basic neuroscience methods such as neuroimaging, neuroendocrine research, and psychophysiology with those interested in evidence-based prevention and intervention programs.