Oregon State University



Ron Adams

Ron Adams
Interim Vice President
Research Office
Office: 541-737-7722
Mobile: 541-740-7170

Oregon State is one of only two land, sea, space and sun grant institutions in the U.S.,  holds a top tier research designation from the Carnegie Foundation, and is the state's largest public research university. Oregon State research totaled almost $263 million in Fiscal Year 2013, and private sector financing reached nearly $36 million, a 65 percent increase in the past five years.

The OSU Research Agenda, integrated with the university's Strategic Plan, guides faculty inquiry in OSU's three Signature Areas of Distinction: Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems; Improving Human Health and Wellness; and Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress.  Faculty engage graduate and undergraduate students in research to both advance this agenda and help develop the R&D talent needed by academic, government, non profit and private industry organizations.

The OSU Advantage connects business with faculty expertise, student talent and world-class facilities to research solutions, bring ideas to market and launch companies.

OSU News

Avian Nations

Oct 15, 2014

“(Animals) are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.” – Henry Beston, The Outermost House Birdlife in Oregon is as diverse as its landscape. Species range from tiny and whimsical (such as […] Read full story.

Blue Carbon

Oct 15, 2014

Looking through J. Boone Kauffman’s photo collection is like thumbing a tropical bestiary. There’s a proboscis monkey from Borneo, its long, lumpy nose resembling an over-ripe mango. A gibbon and an orangutan from Kalimantan. A green python coiled around a tree. A herd of bristle-nosed pigs. A 15-foot saltwater crocodile whose jaw could crush a […] Read full story.

The Most Dangerous Thing — “It’s not the large carnivores”

Oct 15, 2014

“You asked me what’s the most dangerous thing I encounter in my work. It’s not the large carnivores such as crocodiles or tigers or poisonous snakes. It’s the little things. In the last few years, I have had two students come down with Dengue fever. This is a huge concern of ours. “In our years […] Read full story.

Accidentally Blue

Oct 15, 2014

Mas Subramanian didn’t expect to find a brilliant blue pigment when he was looking for new semiconductors. But the Milton Harris Chair Professor of Materials Science in the Oregon State University Department of Chemistry was shocked in 2009 when he saw a graduate student take a powder with a vibrant blue hue out of a […] Read full story.

New labs focus on stormwater, floods

Oct 15, 2014

When floods arrive, hydrologists scramble. They run computer models to evaluate the need for evacuation. They gather data to understand impacts on fish, soils and water quality. Now, Oregon State researchers will have access to two new labs that enable them to test theories before the downpour. A Multipurpose River Hydraulics Research Facility will be […] Read full story.


Research Office New Faculty Orientation- REGISTER HERE.  The Agenda for the Orientation is here.

OSU Advantage Update: As you may be aware, President Ray appointed me as the Interim Vice President for Research following the departure of Rick Spinrad, who accepted a position as Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, D.C.  In my new role, I would like to share an important organizational update. I will continue to lead the implementation of the university’s strategy to expand industry partnering and commercialization of research discoveries. Brian Wall, the director of OSU’s Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development, will have expanded responsibilities as director of the Oregon State University Advantage program, managing its day-to-day operations. I will continue to provide executive leadership for the OSU Advantage, a university initiative that began in 2013 to help commercialize innovations, launch new companies, connect existing business with faculty expertise and student talent, and provide Oregon with work-ready graduates needed for economic progress. In his expanded role, Brian will report to me. Additionally, both Brian and I will continue our involvement with the South Willamette Valley Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, which was made possible by legislative funding of $3.75 million last year. OSU and the University of Oregon, along with the cities of Eugene, Springfield, Albany and Corvallis, are collaborating on this broad initiative that leverages the research and educational expertise of academia and moves it toward private economic growth. I represent OSU on the RAIN board of directors, and Brian serves on the RAIN executive working group. The OSU Advantage Accelerator is a key component of RAIN.  Please join me in congratulating Brian on his leadership role with the OSU Advantage and offering your support as he directs this important work on behalf of the university. -- Ron Adams, Interim VP for Research

Phillips named director for OSU Office of Research Development

New Research Office 2013 Annual report. Click here.

The Office of Undergraduate Research is seeking research project proposals from OSU faculty for the 2014 URSA-ENGAGE Program, (formerly called the URISC-START program).  It will provide freshman, sophomore and transfer student researchers (in their first year at OSU) under faculty guidance with stipends of up $1,500 for the winter and spring terms of 2014. The Faculty Research Project Proposal Application Deadline is Nov. 1.  An application and a page of FAQs are available at the URSA Web page - http://oregonstate.edu/students/research/ Questions can be addressed to Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu.


New Faculty Orientation 2013. Click here for information.


New Research Office Dashboard.  View a summary of Research and Development Activity.

Research Events


CPHHS Research Seminar

"Animal Assisted Adapted Physical Activity for Children with Motor Disabilities" Wendy Baltzer, DVM, PhD, DACVS, Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Sciences; Monique Udell, PhD, Assistant Professor, College


Artist and Photographer John Hilliard speaks at La Sells Stewart

Since the Sixties, artists producing work of a transient


Professor Silas Cook Seminar

The Search for Efficiency in Synthesis: From Natural Products to Catalysis"…

Cultivating a STEM-Ready Society

Join us for a lively discussion with Dr. Storksdieck, Director of the Center for Research on Lifelong STEM Learning. 

The complex problems we face in the 21st


SPS Fall 2014 Colloquium Series

 Dr. Jason Silveria, Music - Physiological responses to music performance errors 

Please join us on select Fridays this Fall term for a series of exciting talks by


People Matter: The Role of Affect and Relationship in Student Engagement

As one of the first points of entry for students in the academic world, faculty can become some of the most influential figures in a student’s college experience.

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Corvallis, OR
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