The National Science Foundation has awarded Portland State University a grant of $630,978 for its Interdisciplinary, Research-based Engineering and Design (IRED) Green Building Scholars program that will fund scholarships to increase the number of students studying building science over a period of five years. The grant will enable new interdisciplinary educational opportunities focused on reducing the environmental impact of buildings. Scholarships are available to Portland State students who are interested in studying green buildingsin three tracks: (1) freshmen of all majors, (2) juniors/seniors pursuing a B.S. in Architecture, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering and (3) Master's students in those majors.
Building science is the interdisciplinary study of the physical phenomena affecting buildings with a particular emphasis on energy-use and environmental quality. Building science draws on several STEM fields including physics, chemistry, human physiology, material science, meteorology, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, architectural engineering, and building construction technology as well as architecture - specifically the design, integration of systems, envelope and detailing of buildings. At Portland State University, faculty members that teach courses and conduct research related to building science can be found primarily in departments of Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, and Civil Engineering.
The Green Building Scholars program has three tracks, please make sure you apply for the correct track depending on your current (or future) enrollment
at Portland State. PLEASE NOTE that current Portland State students must be logged in with your PDX.EDU account to access the online application form.
UPDATED 27 February 2018
Current 1st or 2nd year undergraduates in any major (true freshmen, transfers and post-bacs taking 1st or 2nd year coursework)
$1,500 each year, two-year scholarship during the 1st and 2nd year of studies - scholarships are award during the term the required course is taken.
Course requirements: Arch 101 - Introduction to Environmental Design (Winter or Spring), Arch 299 - Intro to Building Science (Spring)
Spring 2018 start - APPLY HERE
DEADLINE - Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Feburary 28, 2018. APPLY NOW!
Receipients will be notified by March 15, 2018 if they have been accepted into the program.
Current 3rd or 4th year undergraduates (those taking 300-level or 400-level courses in their major) pursuing a B.S. in Architecture, Civil or Mechanical Engineering
$1,500 each year, two-year scholarship during the 3rd and 4th year of studies - first scholarship will be awarded during the Winter or Spring 2018 terms.
Course requirements: Upper-division electives in Arch, ME and CE focused on topics related to green buildings
Spring 2018 start - APPLY HERE
DEADLINE - Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis for the remainder of the 2017-18 academic year.
M.Arch. and M.S. students in Architecture, Civil or Mechanical Engineering
$8,000 one-time scholarship over one year of a master's degree ($2667 per quarter)
Course requirements: approved graduate-level electives in Arch, ME and CE focused on topics related to green buildings
Fall 2018 start - APPLY HERE
DEADLINE - Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until September 1, 2018.
Receipients will be notified by September 15, 2018 or earlier if they have been accepted into the program.
Portland State has a number of labs and other resources dedicated to the advancement of green building teaching and research.
Associate Professor, Architecture - Program Director
Associate Professor, Civil Engineering
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
PO Box 751 (ARCH)
Portland, OR 97207
+1 503 725 8421