Research & Academic Volunteer Services

Experience and participate in the research and academic environment at OHSU


Research & Academic Volunteer Services connects potential volunteers to various opportunities, orients them to the complex OHSU environment, and guides them through the volunteer registration process. This program also links Research, Academic, and Central Services departments to interested volunteers.

Hours of Operation

Walk-in hours:

  • Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm*
  • Or make an appointment by e-mailing RAVolunteer@ohsu.edu, subject: Appointment Request
  • *closed Tuesday, August 12th


Locations can vary - contact us! We will either set up an appointment & location, or notify you of where our weekly "Walk-in Hours" session is being hosted.

Volunteer Voices


Saul Goldfarb, a four year CCAAP volunteer, is now a seasoned volunteer, but it wasn't too long ago that he wasn't so sure he self-identified as a clinical researcher. Visiting patients/research subjects bedsides and clarifying data with the nursing staff is an intimidating thought. But after only a few weeks of working he "…became more comfortable and self-reliant," former supervisor Elizabeth Beauregard shared. Now that he is one of CCAAP's veteran volunteers, Saul interacts regularly with clinical staff, helping to clarify extremely valuable data for Pulmonary and Critical Care's many investigators.

In recognition of his significant development as a successful volunteer, Saul was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Volunteer Award for Demonstrated Growth, and is planning to take his medical exam this Spring. In preparing to apply for medical school, Saul is grateful for his volunteer experience – both for helping him confirm his interest in medicine, and to bolster his medical school applications. 

To learn about how to become a volunteer like Saul, see our guide to registering as a volunteer.

Spotlight Volunteer Opportunity


OHSU Farmer's Market

Volunteers will learn what sustainable food systems look like in action, increase knowledge of food and nutrition, interact with healthcare professionals, and develop relationships with small farmers and business owners. Specific duties include (but are not limited to): Morning and evening setup and break down; process debit cards in exchange for tokens; collect vendor fees; count visitors for grant studies, and special projects based on mutual interests.

Does this sound interesting to you? Click here to view our current list of volunteer opportunities for more information about eligibility, commitment requirements and how to apply!