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Education and Training for Graduate and Professional Students

OCTRI has exciting education, training, and funding opportunities for doctoral students who are interested in expanding their experience with clinical and translational research. Students in the MD, DMD, PhD, PharmD, and DNP programs are eligible. Browse the list of opportunities below.

Oregon Students Learn and Explore Research (OSLER)

The OSLER program offers research experience and mentorship through stipend-funded, short-term (10-12 weeks) and year-long (12 months) training. These positions are available to students enrolled in a doctoral program at OHSU. Students will engage in clinical or translational research under the direction of a mentor proposed by the student. Year-long trainees enrolled in the MD or DMD program enroll in an approved master's degree program (Master of Clinical Research, Master of Public Health, or Master of Medical Informatics).  PhD students may choose to enroll but it is not required.  Tuition for the Master of Clinical Research program is paid by the program.

Learn more about the OSLER TL1 program for doctoral students.

Learn more about the OSLER program for doctoral students

What is translational research? 

The Campagna Scholarship

The Campagna Scholarship is a 10-week summer research scholarship available for United States medical students intending a career in neurological surgery.  Medical students with a serious interest in neurological surgery are encouraged to apply. In crafting their application proposals, applicants are invited to review the clinical and scientific interests of potential research mentors in the OHSU Department of Neurological Surgery. Proposals may be modified in collaboration with faculty after acceptance.    Campagna scholars will receive $5,000 for support of travel to and living expenses in Portland. Scholars are eligible for up to $2,500 additional award to support travel to a national neurosurgical meeting to present the results of their research project, under the supervision of their mentor. The OHSU neurosurgical faculty mentor also receives up to $2,500 to cover research expenses.

Learn more about the Campagna Scholarship


Oregon Academy of Family Physicians

The Department of Family Medicine with funding from the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians is seeking a summer research intern to assist with various research activities including data collection, entry, and analysis. The selected candidate will be able to choose one project based on interest from current ongoing research projects in Family Medicine. In addition to primary work on the research project, students may have an opportunity to accompany their project mentor while seeing patients.  OAFP interns will receive $2,000 and will have the opportunity to present at the Family Medicine Research and Scholarship conference.

Learn more about the OAFP Summer Research Internship

Other Student Research Opportunities

In addition to the research opportunities listed above, there are numerous funding opportunities to participate in research for a year out of your doctoral program or on a short-term basis.

Learn more about other student research opportunities


The Human Investigations Program (HIP): Academic Courses in Clinical Research

The Human Investigations Program (HIP) offers an integrated clinical and translational education curriculum sponsored by OCTRI. The program aims to meet the needs of clinicians and scientists who are interested in exploring research in their areas of focus. The program was designed around the very practical skills and knowledge necessary to successfully conduct clinical and translational research.

HIP is open to faculty, clinical and postdoctoral fellows, and students in any doctoral degree program. (View detailed eligibility requirements.) There are three basic ways to participate in HIP:

Master of Clinical Research

The Master of Clinical Research (MCR) track focuses on formal training for health care professionals who desire to make clinical or translational research either their predominant focus or a substantial part of their long-term career goals.

Certificate of Training in Human Investigations

This two-year Certificate track combines a series of rigorous didactic courses, experiential learning, and mentored training in clinical research at OHSU.

Non-degree Track

A non-degree track is available to those who wish to enroll in core didactic courses of interest but not complete a certificate or MCR degree.


HIP Buffet Seminar Series

The HIP Buffet Seminar Series offers twice monthly, noon-time seminars that highlight practical topics of interest to clinical and translational researchers, such as faculty development, grant funding opportunities, and research resources.