Letter From the Vice President and the Dean of the Graduate School – October 2014

The University of Oregon launched the public phase of the state’s largest-ever fundraising campaign on Friday, Oct. 17. The campaign departs from conventional fundraising efforts by seeking more than just funds — it establishes goals based on a list of needs and priorities developed by the campus community to advance the UO’s mission of academic and research excellence, and student access and success.

The impact of last week’s launch resonates in both the Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation and the Graduate School as we anticipate some of the exciting outcomes of the campaign:

  • Significant increases to graduate student support, including $11.5 million for Graduate Student Fellowships
  • A $2 million investment in an undergraduate research program and new experiential learning opportunities
  • Improved facilities, infrastructure, and technology
  • Expanded programs and research
  • A renovated Price Science Commons and Research Library
  • Funding for 150 new tenure-track faculty positions
  • New capital construction projects that will benefit students and faculty
  • Seed funding for innovation and new ideas
  • Increased capacity for big data, high-performance computing, and impact on basic science

Investment in graduate education, our faculty, and research enterprises is a central priority of the campaign. The Office of the Vice President for Research & Innovation and the Graduate School are uniquely positioned to leverage a key component of the UO’s fundraising campaign, the Cluster of Excellence Faculty Hiring project. Aimed at boosting the UO’s national presence in cutting-edge research with funding for strategic faculty hires and graduate fellows, the three-year program includes priority goals in 10 areas of research excellence. 

It’s an exciting time for research, innovation, and graduate education at the University of Oregon. As the state’s largest-ever fundraising campaign unfolds, our offices will work together to assure its success. Ultimately, this drive is about the future, and investing in research, creative scholarship, and graduate education creates a brighter tomorrow for us all. 


Brad Shelton
Interim VP Research & Innovation; Vice Provost Budget & Planning
(541) 346-2090

Andy Berglund
Interim Dean of the Graduate School
(541) 346-8425