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Research in the Arts and Sciences

The research activity—and reputation—of faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences is the basis for the UO’s status as a Carnegie Research I institution and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). In the past five years alone, faculty accolades in the College of Arts and Sciences have included:

  • One faculty member elected President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Three faculty elected to the National Academy of Sciences
  • Five faculty elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Three faculty named Guggenheim Fellows
  • Seven faculty elected as American Mathematical Society Fellows
  • Four faculty elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Seven Fulbright scholars

All tenured-related faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, across the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences are required to be engaged in an active research program and make original contributions to their respective fields of knowledge.

Graduate students are also essential to the UO research mission. Every year, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences hosts a reception to celebrate graduate student accomplishment. Download a list of the 2015-16 graduate student honorees. There are also abundant opportunities for undergraduate students to gain significant research experience in the arts and sciences, as showcased in the undergraduate research edition of Cascade magazine.

Learn more about the two dozen research institutes and centers affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences.



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