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Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering program

The ASE Program provides a full work experience beginning with the application process and interview skill training. Successful applicants are selected by ASE mentors and gain professional experience while working as interns with mentor scientists and engineers from industry, university, non-profit and government agencies. Applications due in late February, see ASE Application Instructions for requirements and information on how to apply.

Brain Awareness activities

The brain controls everything we think, do, and feel. You are invited to come learn more about how it learns, remembers, sleeps ... and ponders the mysteries of the opposite sex. Each year, we offer lectures, a brain fair, and events for kids and in the classroom.

Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE Program

The Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE Program is a research mentorship training at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, and supported by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion. It is designed to offer research experiences to high school students from socially and economically disadvantaged populations from the Portland metropolitan area. The long-term goals of this program are to give hands-on research experience and science exposure to disadvantaged students in biomedical research and other health-related programs. Learn more about the Cure Program.

Dangerous Decibels program

Since 1999, Dangerous Decibels has been a public health campaign designed to reduce the incidence and prevalence of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and tinnitus (ringing in the ears, which is an early indicator of hearing loss) by changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.

The Dangerous Decibels activities include:

  • An educator resource guide – 63-page booklet full of background information about hearing and classroom activities
  • An educator training workshop that teaches how to present the Dangerous Decibels 45-minute classroom program
  • a museum exhibition at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland
  • OMSI Outreach programs to schools in the Pacific Northwest
  • research projects on epidemiology of noise-induced hearing loss and methods of noise-induced hearing loss
  • a website ( that includes information on hearing and noise induced hearing loss, effectiveness and epidemiological research projects and results, free downloadable educator resources, a Virtual Exhibit with eight interactive activities, educator training workshops, "Jolene" (a mannequin with sound level meter in her ear), and an online store.

The program was built upon an innovative collaboration between basic science researchers, museum educators, school teachers, students, civic leaders, and volunteers in a unique public/private partnership. Partners have included the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), American Tinnitus Association, National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, University of Northern Colorado, Portland State University, Marion Downs Hearing Center, OHSU's Oregon Prevention Research Center (Center for Healthy Communities), National Hearing Conservation Association, and American Academy of Audiology.

Dental Exploring Program

OHSU’s Dental Exploring Program is in its sixteenth year of providing participants with a general perception of what a career in dentistry is all about. Participating high school students have been very enthusiastic about their experience, and many of them have successfully matriculated to dental school. Monthly two-hour meetings are held at the dental school with an emphasis on "hands-on" activities. The first hour is composed of a lecture from dental school faculty from a variety of disciplines, while the second hour is a laboratory experience. Dental students organize the monthly meetings and act as mentors. Space is limited to sixty participants and is reserved on a first come, first serve basis. A complete application, consent forms and $40 fee must be on file to reserve a space. Program begins early November, see for requirements and contact information.

Let's Get Healthy!

Education and research program from Oregon Health & Science University that travels around the state to help the public learn about their health.

Oregon AHEC: K-12 Programs

  • Youth Health Service Corps

    - High school students in rural parts of Oregon are participating in this national program of volunteer service learning and health career topics. Each AHEC region offers YHSC at one or more high school locations.

  • Health Career Day:

    Community partners sponsor a variety of Health Career Day activities in the fall or spring. The goals are to educate students about health careers, let them hear from practicing health professionals, visit with college representatives and talk to healthcare employers. Contact the AHEC in your area for more information.

  • MedQuest Health Careers Camp:

    Each June NEOAHEC brings together nearly thirty high school age youths to attend a five-day residential camp at Eastern Oregon University. Grande Ronde Hospital staff and eighty independent practitioners join with NEOAHEC to provide career education and shadowing experiences for youth. Students from northeast Oregon counties are eligible to attend. Cascades East AHEC provides scholarships to eligible students from their region, please contact Cascades East AHEC for more information.

  • Girls in Science: In cooperation with Eastern Oregon University, Girls in Science provides a daylong opportunity for girls in grades 6-8 to explore science, math, and technology through fun, hands-on activities. Contact NEOAHEC for registration and information.

Northeast Oregon AHEC

- Counties: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Hood River, N. Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco, and Wheeler

AHEC of SW Oregon

- Counties: Lane, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Coos, and Curry

Oregon Pacific AHEC

- Counties: Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Polk, Tillamook, and Yamhill

Cascades East AHEC

- Counties: Crook, Deschutes, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake Jordan Valley (Malheur), and Warm Springs (Wasco)

Oregon National Primate Research Center Science Ambassadors Program

For more information contact Diana Gordon at 503-690-5201 or High school students in the Portland, Beaverton, and Hillsboro school districts are eligible to apply to participate in the Science Ambassadors

Mentor Program. The program matches high school students with 5th graders from the nearby community. High school students meet weekly at the Primate Center, hearing from scientists about their research and drawing concepts from those lectures to share with their 5th grade "mentees." They develop age-appropriate, hands-on activities that demonstrate these concepts to the younger students, and carry out these lesson plans during the meetings. 

Partnership for Scientific Inquiry

The Partnership for Scientific Inquiry (PSI) program is designed to allow Portland area high school students the opportunity to experience scientific research. High school sophomores and juniors are invited to apply. The program provides a dynamic learning environment to explore the scientific inquiry process and pairs students with OHSU faculty mentors. Students prepare a research proposal that describes work which could be done in the mentor's lab over the ensuing summer (students must be 16 to participate in summer research). Please note this program meets during the second academic semester (Feb-June) and students may continue in the summer to conduct research with their mentor. High school credit can be obtained for participation in this challenging program. During the semester, PSI meets every Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on the OHSU waterfront campus. The program is rigorous with weekly homework as well as written and oral presentations. For more information, please visit our website PSI program or email us at .

Saturday Academy programs

Saturday Academy offers all students exceptional opportunities for enriched learning by enlisting community professionals to share facilities, equipment and expertise through hands-on classes, workshops and internships. Many of the programs are offered at no cost to students and parents. For more information or to register for classes, please visit Saturday Academy or call 503-200-5858.

Science Education Opportunities (multiple programs)

OHSU's Office of Science Education Opportunities (SEO) was formed in February 2002. This office serves the community and OHSU employees as we work to develop and mobilize OHSU's unique resources to increase science literacy throughout the region. Our primary audiences are K - 12 teachers and students and OHSU faculty, students and staff.

ThinkFirst Oregon programs

Through innovative classroom presentations and course work, Think First's programs are designed to help young children and teens develop lifelong safety habits to minimize their risk of sustaining brain, spinal cord or other traumatic injuries. Most importantly, Think First teaches young people ways to avoid behaviors and situations that put them at risk. Our message is that you can enjoy a fun, exciting life and be safe if you "think first" and use your mind to protect your body.

UCEDD Summer Internship Program (SIP)

Held every summer, the UCEDD Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for high school or early college students to gain experience in the disability field, develop transferrable skills, and learn about various career paths in health care. Interns will receive training on disability theory, practice, and advocacy, as well as support and guidance in career planning and networking. Interns will work 15-20 hours per week on a project at one of the Institute on Development and Disability centers, gaining experience in research, education, training, and dissemination. After developing their own personal goals for the internship, interns will participate in activities that align with their career interests such as informational interviews, clinical shadowing, Grand Rounds, and other OHSU activities. Interns will also participate in group tours and field trips to OHSU labs, clinics, and facilities.

This internship is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health care, specifically with a focus on disability. The following students are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • Students who experience a disability
  • Students with siblings or family members who experience a disability
  • Students from historically underrepresented populations in the health and science professions
  • Students from socially and economically disadvantaged populations

The UCEDD SIP is a paid opportunity and runs June 13 – August 8, 2016. Applications will be available in late December 2015 and are due January 31, 2016. More information, including a link to the application, can be accessed here.