The University of Oregon has a long tradition of interdisciplinary research, beginning with the establishment of the Institute of Molecular Biology in 1959. Much of the research conducted on the Oregon campus is based within the more than twenty interdisciplinary institutes and centers organized under the Office for Research, Innovation and Graduate Education. Others are organized under deans, departments and programs. The university's interdisciplinary institutes and centers provide opportunities for research and graduate training in a wide variety of disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and a variety of technical fields.
Most members of centers and institutes hold faculty appointments in related academic departments. Graduate students who intend to work in one of the centers or institutes must satisfy the graduate degree requirements of the related departments through which they will earn their degrees. Students who are interested in working in any of these fields may obtain detailed information from the institute and center directors about the programs and financial aid.
The Community Service Center of Oregon is an interdisciplinary organization that assists Oregon Communities by providing planning and technical assistance to help solve local issues and improve the quality of life for Oregon residents. The role of the CSC is to link the skills, expertise and innovation of higher education with the economic development and environmental needs of communities and regions in the state of Oregon, thereby providing service to Oregon and learning opportunities to the students involved.
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.
The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies at the University of Oregon provides an interdisciplinary intellectual space for putting Latino/a and Latin American studies in conversation with one another. The primary purpose of CLLAS is to facilitate collaborative research, scholarship, intellectual community, and community outreach focused on Latin America and U.S. Latino/a populations.
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.
Housed within the College of Education at the University of Oregon, the Center on Human Development conducts research, technical assistance, interdisciplinary training, and community services activities focused on individuals with disabilities, and at-risk for disabilities, from birth through adulthood. The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) performs management and coordination functions for CHD, and together the CHD-UCEDD strives to improve the quality of life for all persons with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Child and Family Center staff is dedicated to understanding and promoting mental health and resilience within families in all cultural communities. The institute conducts research on social-emotional development from infancy through adolescence and provides innovative assessment, prevention, and intervention services for children and families.
Computational Science is a multidisciplinary field that combines research in the physical sciences with work in applied mathematics and computer science. There are several faculty and graduate students in the department involved in computational science-related projects such as bioinformatics, parallel computing, and software tools for computational science.
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.
The Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences is dedicated to exploring the workings of the mind and brain and how they affect human behavior and social interaction. Our goals are to advance the empirical study and theoretical understanding of cognition, culture, and communication from an interdisciplinary perspective.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The mission of the Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior is to empower schools and social service agencies to address violence and destructive behavior, at the point of school entry and beyond, in order to ensure safety and to facilitate the academic achievement and healthy social development of children and youth. IVDB personnel study the conditions, developmental processes, and risk protective factors that are related to the prevention of violence, school failure, delinquency and other destructive outcomes among at-risk children and adolescents.
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.
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.
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.
The Oregon Center for Optics encompasses research in basic and applied aspects of optics in physics and physical chemistry. Members of the OCO 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 OCO.
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.
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.
The Solar Energy Center's goal is to build and strengthen the infrastructure necessary for the planning, design, deployment, and operation of solar energy technologies ranging from heating water, "daylighting", heating and cooling buildings, and generating electricity. SEC work includes: development of new designs and training future designers and planners in sustainable, energy-efficient buildings; development and enhancement of a regional solar radiation database along with development of tools to aid in appropriate design and operation of solar systems; testing of photovoltaic technologies from cells to systems; development and distribution of information and studying the legal, economic, and technical problems accompanying solar energy development in this region.
The Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon is a user facility housing a comprehensive array of materials characterization instrumentation and expertise aimed to serve the needs of researchers on the University of Oregon campus, regional industries, and academic institutions. The CAMCOR facilities provide enabling infrastructure for research in chemistry, nanoscience, engineering, physics, materials science, geology bioscience and optics.
The mission of the Lewis Center for Neuroimaging is to support interdisciplinary, multifaceted research in cognitive neuroscience and biological imaging. LCNI has a Siemens Allegra 3T MRI unit and full capabilities for the design and fabrication of MR coils to support a broad range of research needs and applications.
The TMF goal is to be able to provide all the services necessary to produce and maintain genetically modified mice. These services range from designing projects to maintaining colonies.
- Advanced Network Technology Center
- American English Institute
- Behavioral Research and Teaching
- Big Ideas
- Career Information System
- Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE)
- Center for Asian and Pacific Studies (CAPS)
- Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS)
- Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy (CCACP)
- Center for Educational Policy Research
- Center for Electronic Studying
- Center on Teaching and Learning
- Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC)
- Confucius Institute at the UO
- Early Childhood CARES (EC CARES)
- Early Intervention Program
- Educational and Community Supports
- ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management
- High School Equivalency Program
- InfoGraphics Lab
- Institute for Community Art Studies
- Institute for Development of Educational Achievement
- International Society for Technology in Education
- Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship
- Middle/Secondary Teacher Licensure Program
- Russian and East European Studies Center
- Science Council
- Social Science Instructional Laboratory
- State Museum of Anthropology, Research Division
- Summer Enrichment Program
- Technology Education Center
- Warsaw Sports Marketing Center
- Western Regional Resource Center
- Yamada Language Center