Research & Academic Volunteer Opportunities
Programs/Departments Seeking Volunteers
Behavioral Pediatrics - What is Time Out?
A group of researchers in pediatric psychology and pediatrics is seeking to better understand what parents know about and how they use parenting practices with young children. This study is an excellent opportunity for students interested in research and who may be interested in pursuing graduate study (either in psychology or pediatrics). We are currently looking for student volunteers to assist with data collection and data entry. We are also open to additional research opportunities (e.g., assisting with and co-authoring publication) for those interested. This research will happen in Doernbecher Children's Hospital on the main OHSU campus.
Primary responsibilities will include approaching parents of young children to explain the survey study, asking for their participation, and collecting completed forms. Some assistance with data entry may be requested.
Eligibility: Must be a college junior, senior, or post bac. Must be comfortable approaching people and professional in interactions with diverse individuals. Previous coursework in child development and/or experiences with children and families a plus.
Commitment: Must have afternoon availability (1-5pm) at least 1 day per week. Requesting at least a 4 month commitment.
Interested? Please send an email to Dr. David Wagner that includes a letter of interest, a resume and/or vita, and the names and contacts of 2 individuals who can provide professional references.
Exposes volunteers to research methods and clinical medicine by spending time collecting data and observing unfettered rhythms of patient care in the OHSU Emergency Department.
Eligibility: For highly disciplined and motivated pre-medical students who plan to go into a field of clinical medicine.
Commitment Requirements: Minimum 1 year commitment. Additional requirements apply - please contact program for details.
Interested? Contact: Kamil Narayan
For more information visit the CRISP website.
Critical Care Academic Associates Program (CCAAP)
Screening patient charts to determine study eligibility, collecting data from the patient chart and the bedside, auditing data collected by other volunteers.
Eligibility: For higher education students & professionals who plan to go into the field of clinical research.
Commitment Requirements: Requirements vary - contact program for details
Interested? Contact: Hannah Lobingier: or call 503-494-6668
For more information visit the CCAAP website.back to top
Cord Blood Donation Program of Oregon
Assemble cord blood collection kits, assemble donor registration packets, assist with donor registration and outreach, packaging and shipping of collected cord blood, and other related projects as they become available.
Eligibility: At least 18 years of age; have completed at least one year of science courses; able to communicate effectively with families and medical staff; able to work independently and as part of a team; exhibit a strong work ethic and good organizational skills.
Commitment Requirements: At least 12 months for at least 2 hours per week.
Interested? Contact: Program Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org, and include a resume and cover letter explaining your experience and why you would like to volunteer with this program
For more information please contact Madeleine Tuson-Turner.
Primary Duties: The primary duties for this position are market analysis, design conception and business plan development.
Eligibility: We are seeking applicants with the confidence to work independently, are proficient with Microsoft office, and are enthusiastic about research. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and are either currently enrolled in College, are a Post-Bac, Medical Student, or Foreign Medical Graduate. Preference will be given to students with research, medical and engineering backgrounds.
Commitment: Due to the training and investment, volunteers are required to volunteer 15-20 hours per week for at least 9 months.
Interested? Please apply by sending a CV and cover letter explaining your interest in joining the Surgical Innovation Program to Sharon Kryger
Intracranial Hypertension Registry
To assist the Research Coordinator with the ongoing enrollment and management of patients in the Intracranial Hypertension Registry. Duties include: Data entry into a customized database (4D) and Microsoft Excel; use Microsoft Office to create mailing labels; use Microsoft Outlook to send formatted emails; assist with mailing patient questionnaires or newsletters; assist with the tabulation of survey information; review patient files and extract pertinent information; assist with managing new and existing patients.
Eligibility: General computer knowledge; ability to answer phones, take accurate messages; excellent people and communication skills; ability to follow directions and work independently; write legibly.
Commitment Requirements: Be available for a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Interested? Contact: , Research Coordinator, Intracranial Hypertension Registry, 503-418-2141
OHSU Farmer's Market
The OHSU Farmer's Market is a great intersection of nutrition, healthcare, food security, sustainable food systems, small-medium sized agriculture, sustainable institutional purchasing and local retail & wholesale sales, marketing and business. The Farmer's Market is a great place for volunteers who have an interest in the many facets of food, business, science, education and healthcare. There are several available positions with the market. We train our volunteers to do a variety of jobs.
These include but are not limited to:
· Hosting a consignment table of all local goods on the market day
· Wholesale collection & accounting of goods for retail use in the cafes
· Set up & break down logistics of the market
· Token disbursement
· Food preparation of local foods purchased from the market to be served in the café
· Collecting communication information for outgoing newsletters
· Census collection for research purposes
Eligibility: At least 16 years of age (18 years of age for some tasks); able to lift minimum of 20 lbs; friendly and enthusiastic.
Commitment Requirements: 9:00am-4:00pm every Tuesday, June-September; 2 hour, 4 hour, 6 hour, and 8 hour shifts are available. Must volunteer at least 40 cumulative hours of service from June-September.
Interested? Contact: Eecole Copen, Market Manager, 503-494-8792
For more information visit the OHSU Farmer's Market Website.
OHSU Green Team - Recycling Center
The OHSU Green Team is committed to integrating sustainable practices into our daily activities by taking a proactive role in providing educational development, increased awareness, and taking action to meet the needs of our patients, students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The Green Team recognizes OHSU's substantial environmental, economical, and social impacts on the region it serves, and asserts that OHSU must take steps to reduce its impacts by implementing institutional-wide sustainability commitments, operations, and best practices. Help drive change at OHSU.
Eligibility: 18 years of age or older; able to work independently and as part of a team; flexible.
Commitment Requirements: At minimum 40 hours total (no duration specified). 1 year commitment preferred.
Interested? Contact: Brandon Lesowske, Sustainable Operations Supervisor, 503-494-8813
For more information visit the Green Team website.
Volunteers are welcomed to serve in a variety of capacities, depending upon experience, educational background, time available, and interest. Examples of library volunteer activities are:
- Contribute to library digitization projects (e.g., descriptive metadata input and OCR text correction)
- Working on special inventory or cataloging projects
- Processing archival materials
- Intern at the library (for library school and library assistant students)
Eligibility: At least 16 years of age. Additional requirements vary - see website.
Commitment Requirements: At least 40 hours total (no duration specified). Additional requirements vary - see website.
Interested? Contact: Valerie Fishler or 503-494-6029
For more information visit the OHSU Library website.
The Oregon Office on Disability & Health has an opportunity for the right person to take part in the development of an Access and Functional Needs Disaster Preparedness Working Plan. Your work will directly bring change to how our emergency management agencies approach the needs of people in Oregon living with access and functional needs and disabilities.
Your work will include creating community profiles; identifying key agencies and stakeholders; creating training and exercise recommendations; liaison with county, city, and state emergency managers; and community outreach.
Volunteers will learn: project management, community building, governmental systems, and how to create a more resilient community.
Duties will include: development of documents related to project management, reading of current emergency plans, connecting with community partners via telephone and email, attending local meetings and completion of emergency management related trainings.
- At least 18 years of age
- Completion of ICS 100, 200 & NIMS 700 or ability to within a reasonable amount of time
- Experience working with Access and Functional Needs populations
- Microsoft Excel
- Bachelor's degree
- Emergency management or public health emergency preparedness experience or training
Commitment Requirements: This is a long term project. Time commitment could be from 2-4 hours a week
Interested? Contact Justin Ross for information
Provide a service to Oregonians statewide, by volunteering with the OR POLST Registry. Volunteers will be compiling packets of Registration materials for our Registrants. Primarily responsible for: cutting out labels, creating magnets; folding and stuffing envelopes with letters, labels magnets; and confirming each packet is complete before mailing. May also assist in compiling educational materials.
Eligibility: At least 16 years of age.
Commitment Requirements: Minimum 3 month commitment; 2hrs/week min or 8hrs/month; flexible scheduling upon request.
Interested? Contact: Brittany Tagliaferro Lucas
For more information visit the POLST website.
Psychiatry - ADHD Study
The ADHD Research Study at OHSU is currently examining attention, heart rate, brain imaging, and cognitive functioning in children 7 to 11 years of age. This study is under the direction of Professor Joel Nigg in the Department of Psychiatry and is an excellent opportunity for students interested in research and future graduate study. We are currently looking for student volunteers to assist with testing, data collection, and data entry. Students will be in direct contact with children and their parents and will gain useful experience with child and adult cognitive achievement and physiological tests. Students will also gain experience with state of the art software for data entry, cleaning and analysis. Duties may include administering child and parent cognitive and academic tests (WISC, WIAT, WAIS, WRAT, etc.); conducting child physiological readings and computerized tasks; scoring and data entry; and other general laboratory duties in support of the goals of the study.
Eligibility: Must be a junior, senior, or post bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework in child abnormal or developmental psychology, physiology, child behavior, and statistics is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must have evening and Saturday availability. Must be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Basic knowledge of computer application software (Systat, SPSS, Excel, Eprime) is preferred.
Commitment Requirements: 3 shifts per week for at least 5 months and be available for two lab meetings per month.
Interested? Contact: ohsuADHD@ohsu.edu for information and an application.
For more information visit the ADHD Study website.back to top
Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Clinical Research (PRISM)
The Khan lab deals with clinical trials in pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine.
Volunteer Program: We accept volunteers in the program who can help us with organization of research data, contacting and following up with research subjects. The volunteers usually work under the supervision of the principal investigator or research coordinator and frequently work in teams with each other. Volunteers are expected to be available at least one half day a week for a period of 6 months. Scheduling is flexible however volunteers are expected to coordinate with each other so that only one volunteer is working at the time.
Eligibility: Intended for pre-medical students interested in gaining research experience before applying to medical school. International medical graduatesinterested in gaining experience in phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials in pulmonary critical care and sleep medicine may also apply to this position.
Interested? Contact: PRISM Volunteer Coordinators with your resume, and a statement of interest/goals for PRISM.
For more information visit the Pulmonary Clinics website.
Spina Bifida National Registry Initiative Research Study
The Spina Bifida National Registry Initiative Research Study at OHSU is currently enrolling and tracking outcomes data on clinic patients with Spina Bifida, a developmental congenital disorder. This study is an excellent opportunity for students interested in research and future graduate study. We are currently looking for student volunteers to assist with data collection, and data entry and tracking of longitudinal outcomes.
Students will gain useful research experience and will also gain experience with National registry software programs for data entry and analysis. Duties may include assisting with data collection and data entry and other general office duties in support of the goals of the study.
Eligibility: Must be a college junior, senior, or post bac (or have exceptional qualifications). Coursework family and human services, psychology and/or interest in developmental disabilities is preferred/ beneficial. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Must be detail oriented, organized, timely, and professional. Basic knowledge of computer application software is preferred.
Commitment Requirements: 12 hours per week for at least 5 months
Interested? Contact: Daria Ettinger for information and an application
Oregon Poison Center
The Oregon Poison Center is a 24-hour health care information and treatment resource serving the state of Oregon, the territories of Alaska and Guam.
The Oregon Poison Center is also responsible for providing public outreach and education to health care professionals.As such we send free brochures, Mr Yuk stickers and other educational items to families and businesses as requested.
We are looking for volunteers who can:
- Retrieve messages from our materials request voicemail
- Package the requested items for mailing
- Enter the materials distributed information in our proprietary database (training provided)
- Work with our educators as staff at local health fairs distributing materials (Infrequent, but helps enormously!)
Eligibility: At least 18 years of age. Comfortable with computers; ability to use phone to retrieve messages, take accurate messages; excellent people and communication skills; ability to follow directions and work independently; write legibly.
Commitment requirements: Minimum of 2 hours a week.
Interested? Please contact Lynn Cox
English Language Learner Program
OHSU is currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to serve as classroom instructors, tutors and instructional designers. These volunteers will support non-native English-speaking employees who want to improve their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English. We are looking for volunteers that will be willing to give their full attention to the learner's needs and goals. Some of the main responsibilities for this position will be lesson planning, activity planning, keeping attendance, maintaining contact with the program coordinator, and providing progress reports.
Eligibility: Obtained or currently working toward the MA TESOL or TESL Certificate; Ability to encourage people and inspire trust; Awareness of cultural differences; Respect for the learner as an adult peer; Enthusiasm for learning; Must have patience, flexibility, and perseverance.
Commitment Requirements: Be available for a minimum of 6 months. Hours per week will vary depending on assignment.
Trauma Research Associates Program (T-RAP)
The Trauma Research Associates Program (T-RAP) provides volunteers with first-hand exposure to clinical research at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), the only academic Level-1 Trauma Center in Oregon.
The focus of our IRB approved study is to compile a prospective registry of complications in critically-ill patients admitted to the Trauma and Surgical Intensive Care Units (ICUs) at OHSU. Our volunteers conduct chart reviews of patients using electronic medical records (EPIC) and enter the information in a secure database. They attend daily rounds in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit, where medical students, residents, and attending physicians evaluate laboratory/imaging results, pertinent exam findings, and treatment plans. Additionally, T-RAP volunteers attend biweekly meetings to discuss research updates, listen to guest speakers, or present PowerPoint lectures on topics such as abdominal aortic aneurysms and nosocomial bacteremia.
Our group is seeking to recruit highly motivated individuals who are excited about conducting clinical research within the Department of Surgery's Division of Trauma, Critical Care and Acute Care Surgery at OHSU.
Eligibility: The program invites applications from currently enrolled undergraduate/graduate students and college graduates. Applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and demonstrate a working knowledge of computers, a strong work ethic, and an eagerness to learn in a collaborative environment.
Commitment Requirements: A minimum one year commitment to the program; one four-hour data entry shift every week; biweekly Wednesday afternoon T-RAP group meetings.
Interested? Contact: Trauma Research Associates Program Mailbox at TRAP@ohsu.edu
For more information, visit the Trauma Research Associates Program website.
The Occupational Health Psychology Lab (Dr. Ryan Olson, PI) is seeking a motivated volunteer to work on a health and safety intervention project with home care workers, which is a core project within the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (a NIOSH Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health).
Eligibility: Must be a Junior or Senior. Must be able to perform data entry and general support for intervention and study implementation tasks as assigned. Experience or skills with applied human subjects research, behavioral interventions, data analysis, and general health promotion are desirable. Experience in occupational safety and health OR with home care work OR caregiving would be added strengths.
Commitment Requirements: At least 3 months, 4-8 hours a week
Interested? Contact: Sharon Thompson with a letter of application and Curriculum Vitae/Resume
For more information: visit Dr. Olson's lab website, which is located within the the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
OHSU ThinkFirst Oregon is a non-profit injury prevention program focused on reducing the incidents of brain and spinal cord injury in Oregon's youth. Through innovative classroom presentations and community outreach, ThinkFirst'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, ThinkFirst 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."
Eligibility: if only volunteering at a couple events, we ask that volunteers be at least 16 years of age. If 14 years of age and under a parent/guardian must be present throughout the volunteer shift. If volunteering at more than 2 events, we encourage volunteers to fill out/register to become an OHSU Volunteer through Research and Academic Volunteer services – There is at least a 1 year commitment.
Volunteer Responsibility: helping ThinkFirst educate the community on brain and spinal cord injury prevention through talking about brain/spinal cord anatomy, through running activities and helping to fit bike helmets.
For more information: visit http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/outreach/programs/thinkfirst/
Commitment Requirements: 1 shift at our summer events (with benefits for volunteers who volunteer at 3 or more events – a bike helmet to take home).
Interested? Fill out this survey to see if you qualify!
Vascular Surgery Research runs a variety of industry sponsored and federally funded clinical trials spanning topics such as abdominal aortic aneurysms and critical limb ischemia. Research Interns would work closely with the research staff and investigators to conduct these trials. Research Interns would also assist the Research Staff with the start up and IRB maintenance associated with the academic chart reviews initiated by our investigators.
Primary Duties: The primary duties for this position are candidate pre-screening, assisting with study visits, and data entry.
Eligibility: We are seeking applicants with the confidence to work independently, are proficient with Microsoft office, can lift 20 pounds, stand uninterrupted for 3 hours, and are enthusiastic about clinical research. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and are either currently enrolled in university or a graduate.
Commitment: Due to the training and investment, volunteers are required to volunteer 15-20 hours per week for 9 months.
Interested? Please apply by sending a CV and cover letter explaining why you are interested in joining the Vascular Surgery Research team to Ashley Price
Ophthalmic Genetic Division at Casey Eye Institute (CEI)
About the Department: The Ophthalmic Genetics Service at the Casey Eye Institute is one of the premier centers in the world for patients with genetic diseases of the retina and other areas of the eye. Our team, consisting of ophthalmologists, technicians, clinical trial coordinators and a genetic counselor works to assess and diagnose those suspected of hereditary forms of vision loss. We are currently conducting groundbreaking clinical trials in gene therapy for multiple different conditions.
Ideal Candidate: This position is a learning opportunity for individuals interested in/ considering a career in genetics, genetic counseling, ophthalmology, medicine, and/or medical/clinical research. We are interested in candidates who would benefit from exposure to and observation of the above careers- such as students, recent graduates or those preparing to apply to graduate/ specialized programs. Opportunities are flexible based on the volunteer
Duties/Responsibilties: Data entry and analysis for clinical research and laboratory research, escorting research subjects to phlebotomy for blood draw and transporting samples, updating research patient database including entering medical family histories (pedigrees), reviewing electronic and paper charts and records for family history and genetic testing results
Eligibility Requirements: At least 18 years of age, completion of entry level college coursework in general sciences (Biology and Chemistry), proficiency with PC and Microsoft office suite, prior coursework in Genetics, Anatomy, and Physiology preferred.
Commitment Requirements: Long term (6 months to 1 year) commitment preferred. Estimated time commitment of 5-10 hours/week. Flexible schedule. Mon-Fri only.
Interested?: E-mail a resume and brief description of why you are interested in this position to Aneesa Masters . Please write subject "Volunteer Applicant" in subject line.
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