researcher holding hazelnuts
One Step Ahead

The ongoing fight to save the humble hazelnut: In the fall of 1986, plant breeder Shawn Mehlenbacher arrived at Oregon State University. One month later came the first report of eastern filbert blight from a Willamette Valley hazelnut orchard.

With $382 million in external research funding in 2018, our second-best year ever in competitive research grants and contracts, Oregon State continues to lead the way in practical, problem-solving research that improves lives, protects natural resources and drives economic growth to transform our future for the better.

The OSU Research Agenda, integrated with the university’s Strategic Plan, guides faculty inquiry in three signature areas:

  • Advancing the Science of Sustainable Earth Ecosystems
  • Improving Human Health and Wellness
  • Promoting Economic Growth and Social Progress

Oregon State’s researchers are top-ranked in their fields, hold leadership positions in international and national professional organizations and have earned prestigious honors.

Earth Ecosystems

Oregon State scientists study the planet and its inhabitants, from the biggest marine mammal to the tiniest phytoplankton. Scroll through a trove of Terra stories about climate change and wildfire, ocean acidification and oysters, rangeland management and endangered grouse, coral reef decline and lionfish invasions, wave energy and tsunamis and much more.

Health and Wellness

In fields as diverse as pharmacy, veterinary medicine, microbiology and exercise physiology, Oregon State researchers investigate urgent health concerns, from cancer and infectious disease to metabolic syndrome, environmental toxins, aging, child obesity and nutrition. 

Innovation and Prosperity

Robots, unmanned helicopters, underwater gliders and satellite tracking are a few of the technologies under development by scientists and engineers at Oregon State. They’re designing tools so businesses can grow, farms and ranches can thrive, workers can prosper, forests can flourish and families can be secure.