Undergraduate Research


The Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE)

The mission of the Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE) is to promote undergraduate research, in its broadest sense, at Western Oregon University. PURE strives to build and sustain a culture of support for student scholarly endeavors through the development of a campus-wide infrastructure that enhances dissemination, fosters communication, and provides funding for this initiative. PURE's efforts foster additional opportunities for meaningful and sustainable faculty-student collaboration in research, scholarship, and creative activities at Western Oregon University.



The Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) has openings for one COE and two CLAS members on its executive board starting Fall 2018. This is a University level committee with a three year term of service. The primary responsibilities of PURE board members are to attend monthly (during the academic year) meetings, review materials sent out prior to each meeting and generally help provide guidance and direction to the PURE Director. Members may also serve as a point of information and contact for their division when questions arise that pertain to the work of PURE. Board members also play an important role in ensuring that PURE continues to serve all students across the breadth of student creative academic and scholarly endeavors at WOU.

The WOU Strategic Plan has placed emphasis on the work of PURE and this is an exciting time to be part of shaping the growth and support for mentored undergraduate research and creative scholarship at WOU.


Nominations (including self nominations) are welcome. Deadline is Friday of Week 10 (June 8) at noon.

Interested individually can simply send their name to pure@wou.edu and identify themselves as interested in a CLAS or COE seat on the PURE executive board.

Thank you!


May 17th, 2018