Education at OHSU

Explore Science Education

OHSU's Office of Science Education Opportunities (SEO) was formed in 2002. This office serves the community and OHSU employees and students as we work to develop and mobilize OHSU's unique resources to increase science literacy throughout the region. Our primary audiences are K-16 teachers and students and OHSU faculty, students and staff.

Highlights include the following:

  • 2013 launch of On Track OHSU!, a pathways program serving students of color, English language learners, and first-generation post-secondary students in grades 6 – 16 in four Oregon counties
  • 2014 launch of OR STEM Thought Leaders Group, including representatives from K-12, higher education, industry, government and out of school learning providers all working to prepare Oregon’s STEM workforce
  • Ongoing partnership with NW Portland Area Indian Health Board, hosting American Indian and Alaska Native Youth for the annual THRIVE conference
  • Participation in OHSU programs annually by over 420,000 K-12 students
  • Participation in OHSU programs annually by over 2,300 K-12 teachers
  • Participation in OHSU science education programs by over 1000 OHSU faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and staff

In addition, we offer continued support for pathways activities and initiatives in an effort to build robust offerings of STEM learning opportunities for all students throughout Oregon.  

We welcome your suggestions about how SEO can support your work with the K - 16 community. Please contact us at with any questions or suggestions.

OHSU Partners with Saturday Academy!

For the first time ever, Saturday Academy is hosting their courses for summer online,  offering several of their fan-favorites such as Character Drawing: Basic Geometry, Math Challenge for Young Women, and Programming in C++ alongside brand new classes! Microscopic Investigations: Exploring the Unseen, Community Scientist, Making Comic Strips, and Shaking Up History are all new classes to our catalog.

Join us this summer following your curiosity! 

How do the online classes work?

Students will meet electronically using an online platform called Moodle. Login instructions will be emailed to students in advance. For technical assistance please call 503-200-5858 or email including help getting access to the internet and software.

Financial Aid is Available!

Saturday Academy provides $100,000 in tuition assistance annually through its class registration process. Class fees are charged on a sliding scale based on household income. There is no application, no questions asked. We keep the process simple and as accessible as possible. Visit our website to learn more about Financial Aid. 

 To see our full list offerings, visit our online catalog!

Summer Camps Online!

Seeking OHSU Mentors and High School Science Teachers for Murdock Trust Partners in Science Program

2021-2022 Murdock Trust "Partners in Science" Mentors 

This unique program pairs high school science teachers with a mentor doing cutting-edge research in an academic lab or a lab associated with another nonprofit institution. The Murdock Trust awards approximately 25 Partners in Science grants each year to fund these teacher-mentor research opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. Their goal is to help teachers bring knowledge from the research lab directly into the classroom to promote hands-on science education. 

If you are interested in partnering with one or more mentors please contact Diana Gordon or visit the Murdock Trust website for more information. 

Partners in Science


A Priority at OHSU - Guidelines for Visitors

At OHSU we enjoy sharing information with visitors about what we do. We are proud of the quality care we provide patients in OHSU's hospitals and clinics, and we're equally proud of the research and educational activities that occur throughout the university. Your experience here is an opportunity to see what it's like to work in an academic health and research university.

Please read the following information carefully. It explains your responsibility in helping us protect the privacy and confidentiality of personal health information.

While you are at OHSU, you will learn about some of the exciting things that happen here. You also may see or hear private, personal information about our patients and research participants. For example:

  • You may see patients you recognize.
  • You may hear OHSU employees discussing a patient.s care.
  • You may notice a patient.s name that is familiar to you.
  • You may talk with a patient about his or her illness or injury.

Our patients trust us – and they trust you – to keep their information private.

As a visitor we expect you to:

  • Abide by all OHSU policies and guidelines.
  • Keep any personal information you may see or hear confidential and not share it with anyone, even your family, friends or neighbors.
  • Follow the directions of the person who is responsible for your experience or tour.
  • Treat patients and research participants with whom you have contact, as you would want to be treated.

We hope you enjoy your visit. Thank you for helping us ensure that personal health information is always treated with complete confidentiality.

Privacy is a priority at OHSU

  • OHSU trains all employees, students and volunteers about federal privacy and information security guidelines and best practices.
  • OHSU has a central office to monitor compliance with privacy and information security laws.
  • OHSU listens to patients and responds to their concerns about the privacy of their personal health information.
  • OHSU addresses employee concerns about privacy and information security issues.
  • OHSU posts the Notice of Privacy Practices and provides an opportunity for each patient to receive a copy.
  • OHSU provides its employees, students and volunteers with ongoing education concerning privacy and information security.