O'Day Fellowship

Important Update

The summer of 2024 will be the final program year for the O'Day Fellowship in Biological Sciences. This website will remain active to serve as a program archive. 

The Peter O’Day Fellowship in Biological Sciences supports an undergraduate student partnering with a graduate student to conduct summer research. The fellowship is awarded to four pairs of students each summer that are conducting authentic research in the University of Oregon’s many and diverse research laboratories.

These fellowships are open to all UO students who meet the eligibility criteria. Each student will receive a $5,000 fellowship award.

Meet previous O’Day Fellowship Recipients.

Funding for this fellowship was provided by an anonymous donor. The award is named after retired UO Department of Biology faculty member Peter O’Day in recognition of his dedication to undergraduate student engagement in research.




Fellows Notified

2-3 weeks after deadline

Fellowship Period

June 26 - September 1 *



* Fellowship period may be flexible based on student and faculty schedules, contact UROP with questions. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have completed BI 211 or 281 with a B or better (or have completed either 200-level sequence with a B average).
  • Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Proposals must come from a undergraduate-graduate student pair.
  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled at the UO during the fall term after the summer research experience.
  • Research projects must come from a field within the biological sciences.
  • Undergraduate students may not be paid to conduct research through other internal UO research support programs during the same fellowship period.
  • If for any reason a research fellow’s circumstances change and the grantee is unable to use the award during the summer for which it was granted, the fellowship must be forfeited. O’Day Fellowship awards cannot be deferred.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students may only receive one O’Day Fellowship award during their undergraduate/graduate education at the University of Oregon.
  • Research with Human Subjects:
    • If applicable, the applicant must obtain approval from the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS), which serves as the UO’s Institutional Review Board (IRB).
    • If your project requires IRB approval you will need to submit  your project for review before completing an application. You do not need full approval at the time you submit your application, however, you must have your project submitted for review.
    •  If you are selected to receive a fellowship, your award will be put on hold until UROP receives notification from you that your project has received IRB approval.
    • If your project already has IRB approval please send your protocol number to urop@uoregon.edu at the time you apply.

Fellowship Expectations

  • Commit regular effort to conducting research during the fellowship period.
  • Complete a final research paper.
  • Share the results of your research at the UO Undergraduate Symposium.
  • Acknowledge the O’Day Fellowship in Biological Sciences and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation in all work resulting from research during the fellowship period.
  • Notify the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program immediately of other support or of any conflicts with the eligibility and/or restrictions of this fellowship.
  • Notify the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program of any publications or conference presentations that are associated with your research project.

Fellowship Details

The fellowship provides $5,000 during the summer to the undergraduate and graduate student ($10,000 total). The award will be received in two installments, at the end of week 5 of the fellowship period and at the end of week 10 of the fellowship period.

IMPORTANT: If you are receiving federal financial aid, this award may affect your financial aid eligibility. Students who receive federal aid have a responsibility to report all awards earned to the UO Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships. Contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for more information.


Contact urop@uoregon.edu