Authentic Research through Collaborative Learning

Apply here: ARC-Learn Application

The Oregon State University College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) has a new Undergraduate Research Experience called ARC-Learn (Authentic Research through Collaborative Learning) that will run from October 2021 to June 2023. The goal of the program is to train the next generation of creative and diverse scientists to solve critical environmental challenges in Polar Regions.

Students in the program will:

  • Engage with a diverse team of students and mentors working together to learn about Polar science and contribute to solving complex environmental challenges in the Arctic.
  • Participate in cohort gatherings over six terms (including summer) with additional team working sessions to complete research projects.
  • Meet and engage with internationally recognized experts as you develop data literacy and practical technical skills in data visualization and interpretation.
  • Earn the “Research Fellow” transcript notation and internship and/or research credits, required for many STEM majors.
  • Present and publish work in science forums, with the opportunity to participate in science conferences and practice communicating science with the public.
  • Receive a small stipend to offset costs of time off work, dependent care or educational expenses.

Eligible students will have completed some required lower division courses and have or plan to declare a major within CEOAS (Climate Science, Environmental Sciences, Geography and Geospatial Science, Geology, Ocean Science). Majors in other colleges with a specific interest in natural, physical, or social aspects of Polar Regions will be considered.

… and meet ­at least one of the below criteria:

  • Identify as part of a group or groups underrepresented in Polar Science including students of color, Indigenous students, Native Alaskans, women, first generation college, LGBTQ+, etc.
  • Transfer students already enrolled at OSU or with plans to enroll by Winter 2022.
  • Have dependents and/or alternative enrollment patterns due to family or work demands. This program is designed so that students can maintain their family and work obligations. Field work and conference travel are not required to successfully complete the program.

Before applying, please note:

  • ARC-Learn runs October 2021-June 2023. Participants would need to commit to engagement throughout this time frame.
  • Continuous course enrollment is not required.
  • The program includes a stipend of $800 for the 1st year and $1200 for the 2nd year.

    Application deadline: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Apply now! Students will be selected in the Fall of 2021.

If you have any questions, contact and put “ARC-Learn” in the subject line.