Research Zooms On
From Oregon Quarterly

Undergraduate Projects Overcome Distancing Obstacles

Our curiosity drives us to seek answers. Research is one of the things that makes us who we are. And undergraduate research is one of our priorities. Using the skills and knowledge they gain in classes of all academic disciplines, our students explore the questions that fascinate them, working on their own or with our faculty to investigate, discover, create, and innovate.

2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium YouTube Channel

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Untold Stories

Records of interviews with wives and children of Bracero farm workers reveal the impact of the program on Mexican families.

Behind the Braceros


Research by the Numbers

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The number of students participating in a research project, creative activity, or research paper as part of their coursework
grants, contracts and competitive awards in Fiscal Year 2019

Meet Our Undergraduate Researchers

UO undergraduate researchers examined neuroscience and behavior, the philosophy of addiction, the history of Black protest at the UO, and more while completing projects in the humanities and sciences.

Odalis Aguilar-Aguilar
Class of 2022 • Latin American Studies and Spanish Major • Oaxaca, Mexico
“I really enjoy doing this type of research. I find their stories fascinating and believe immigrant workers, whether documented or not, deserve much more recognition for their great contribution to this country.”
Desirae Brown
BA ’20 (Sociology) • Portland, Oregon
“To read all of that old work, to hear those voices—it was just really exciting. It gave me a strong sense of community. It made me feel proud to be a Duck—to see that I’m a part of history at the University of Oregon.”
Shane Cooney
BA ’19 (Philosophy) • BA ’20 (Political Science) • Bend, Oregon
“[Philosopher Albert Camus] gave me a beautiful articulation of the way I found myself in the world, and everything came together in a profound and intense way.”
Adeline Fecker
BS ’20 (Biology) • Portland, Oregon
“I liked answering questions about autism spectrum disorder from two directions: brain to behavior and behavior to brain. From an educational standpoint, I learned a lot more.”
Donna Hooshmand
Class of 2021 • Computer Science and Math Major • Kerman, Iran
“My family made a lot of sacrifices for me to be here. I want to make their sacrifices worth it.”
Neila “Nina” Kerkebane
BS ’20 (Economics) • Algiers, Algeria
“I want to do research that can impact policy to better the lives of marginalized communities.”
Myriah Kunipo-Aguirre
BS ’20 (Human Physiology) • Carson, California
“It’s been very overwhelming with all the news. I wanted to create an accessible, organized information outlet for anyone in the community.”
Alina Salagean
Class of 2021 (Biology) • Beaverton, Oregon
“I always leave the lab wanting to ask more questions! I’ve realized that the more you learn, the more you realize just how much you don’t know. And that’s so exciting.”
Madelyn “Madi” Scott
BS ’20 (Chemistry) • BS ’20 (Physics) • Jacksonville, Oregon
“It’s nice to know that because I’m here [working in science and research], maybe that gives more women the opportunity to be here in the future.”