Education at OHSU

For Teachers

"Our future depends on reaffirming America's role as the world's engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation, and that leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today, especially in math, science, technology and engineering."

- President Barack Obama, Jan. 7, 2010
Physician and teacher

At OHSU, we know that teachers are the single most important factor in a student’s education and providing direct services to teachers is a critical component of our effort to increase science literacy throughout the region.  These direct services include the Annual OHSU Spring Teacher Workshop, summer research internships for teachers, classroom visits by OHSU scientists, and more.  The Office of Science Education Opportunities coordinates OHSU’s resources for teachers. If you would like to be notified about OHSU programs and events for teachers, email with your name, school, teaching level and email address.

Please let us know how we can support your work in the classroom. 

Partners in Science

This program, administered by The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, provides a generous stipend to encourage and enable full-time high school science teachers to participate in research.  Selected teachers conduct research projects under the direction of mentors in the Partners in Science Program for 8 weeks during each of two consecutive summers. Scientist mentors at OHSU’s West Campus are identified by March of each year. The grant application deadline is December 1st.

For a list of mentors and projects at the Oregon National Primate Research Center/OHSU West Campus, contact Diana Gordon or 503-346-5055. For application materials and more information about this program, visit the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust website.

Talks for Teachers: Archive

•    OHSU Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop 2022
       Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
       Title: Concussion and the Classroom
       Presenters: Jesse Shaw, D.O., OHSU Family Medicine; Melissa McCart, M.S., Ed.D., UO Center on                 
       Brain Injury Research and Training; Ryan Rockwood, A.T.C., Exercise Specialist, OHSU Family   
       Medicine; Tyler Duffield, Ph.D., OHSU Family Medicine and Neurology

•    OHSU Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop 2021
       Date: Saturday, April, 2021
       Titles: Teaching in the Age of Social Media; Be Physically Active 2Day
       Presenters: Alan Teo, M.D., M.S.,  OHSU Dept. of Psychiatry and School of Public Health; Kathy       
       Gunter, Ph.D., OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences

  • OHSU Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop 2019
    Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
    Titles: "Dyslexia: Connecting the Science of Reading to the Practice of Reading"
    Presenters: Joanna A. Christodoulou, Associate Professor, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • OHSU Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop 2018
    Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018
    Titles: "From 0 to 60 The Rapidly Accelerating Pace of Autism Genetics and Its Future Prospects"
    Presenters: Brian J. O'Roak, Ph. D. Assistant Professor Molecular & Medical Genetics Oregon Health and Science University
  • OHSU Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop 2017
    Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
    Titles: "Your Racist Brain", Larry Sherman, Ph.D., OHSU, "Transmission of Harmful Psychosocial Experiences across Generations", Lynne C. Messer, Ph.D., M.P.H., OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, "The Female Brain", Tarvez Tucker, M.D., OHSU
  • OHSU Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop 2016
    Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
    Titles: "The Adolescent Brain" and "How Early-Life Nutrition Feeds the Obesity Epidemic in Children and
    Presenters: Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D., OHSU, and Susan P. Bagby, OHSU
  • OHSU Brain Awareness Teacher Workshop 2015
    Date: Saturday, April 4, 2015
    Title: "How Children Learn"
    Presenter: Patricia Kuhl, Ph.D.,  Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, University of Washington
  • Special OHSU Brain Awareness Season Teacher Workshop 2014
    Date: Saturday, March 8, 2014
    Title: "Transforming Students' Motivation to Learn"
    Presenter: Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Stanford University
  • "Controlling Little Minds"
    Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013
    Title: "Controlling Little Minds"
    Presenter: Kim Espy, Ph.D., Vice President for Research and Innovation,  Dean of the Graduate School, University of Oregon 
  • "Food for Thought"
    Date: Saturday, January 21, 2012
    Title: "Food for Thought: How Diet Influences Brain Health"
    Presenter: Gary Wenk, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience & Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics, The Ohio State University and Medical Center
  • "Secrets of the Sleeping Brain"
    Date: Saturday, March 5, 2011
    Title: "Secrets of the Sleeping Brain"
    Presenter: Matthew Walker, Ph.D., Principal Investigator, Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley 
  • "What is Going on with ADHD: A Science Update"
    Date: Saturday, February 20, 2010
    Title: “What is Going on with ADHD: A Science Update”
    Presenter: Joel Nigg, Ph.D., Director, Division of Psychology, Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU Department of Psychiatry
  • "Vision and Revision: The Flexible Adult Brain"
    Date: Saturday, March 10, 2007
    Title: “Vision and Revision: The Flexible Adult Brain”
    Presenter: Susan Barry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Mt. Holyoke College
  • "The Reading Brain"
    Date: Saturday, October 8, 2005
    Title: “Understanding the Reading Brain:  Functional Brain Imaging Studies of Reading and Reading Disabilities”
    Presenter: Guinevere Eden, D. Phil., Georgetown University
  • "How Your Child Learns"
    Date: Saturday, February 26, 2005
    Title: “What Recent Brain Imaging Research tells us about Learning in the Classroom”
    Presenter: Michael Posner, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Psychology, Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences, University of Oregon
  • "Coaching the Brain"
    Date: Saturday, February 14, 2004
    Title: “Coaching the Brain - Current Research on Meaning, Emotion, and Learning as it Applies to K-12 Students”
    Presenters: Elaine Coughlin and Jack Hutala, Beaverton School District Educators and Consultants
  • "Understanding of Substance Abuse"
    Date: Saturday, February 14, 2004
    Title: “How Brain Imaging Techniques have Increased our Understanding of Substance Abuse”
    Presenter: Robert Hitzemann, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU School of Medicine
  • "Brain Basics of Learning and Memory"
    Date: Saturday, February 8, 2003
    Title: “The Brain Basis of Learning and Memory: New Techniques and Discoveries”
    Presenter: Jeri Janowsky, Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU School of Medicine; and Interim Director, OHSU Advanced Imaging Research Center