Transportation Students at Portland State University

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Portland State boasts the U.S. Department of Transportation’s national center for livable communities, the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), which funds millions of dollars of transportation research and education, with vital contributions from student researchers working alongside faculty members. This research finds its way into the hands of transportation professionals at all levels, establishing the authority of our students before they even complete a degree. NITC also supports the student group which bridges gaps between disciplines with educational and  entertaining events, speakers and trips.



Interested in transportation and/or graduate school? If so, Portland State University's Transportation Research Undergraduate Fellowship (TURF) can help you find out more about both! TURF is a summer research experience for current undergraduate students interested in transportation engineering or planning research.

Applications opened on Feb 5, 2018, and are due by Friday, March 16, 2018. Learn more and apply for the TURF 2018 program here.


Each year, 15–30 graduate students from engineering, urban studies & planning, and other fields work as graduate research assistants for faculty. These students are often co-authors on project final reports and journal articles. TREC hires undergraduate student workers as well, who may work at processing data or similar tasks.

Learn more about the assistantships at College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA): Graduate Student Financial Resources.



Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI) ($2,500)
IBPI awards a scholarship and paid internship to a student who is highly motivated to focus their studies at Portland State University on bicycling and walking as mainstream forms of transportation.

Portland State University (varies)
Applications due February 1, 2018
Currently accepting applications: 2018-2019 PSU Continuing/Transfer Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship Applications

Bill Kloos Scholarship ($2,500)
Applications due January 28, 2018

This scholarship is offered by the Oregon Section of ITE and the Bill Kloos Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to students pursuing degrees in transportation engineering or other related fields. It is named after William C. Kloos, who was the Signals and Street Light Manager at the City of Portland for 25 years. This scholarship was developed in order to promote the innovative thinking and communication skills of the future transportation professionals.

WTS Portland Chapter Scholarships (varies, $1,500 - $7,000)
Applications for 2017 are closed
WTS (Women’s Transportation Seminar) fosters the development of women in the transportation field by encouraging bright new professionals to undertake careers in the area of transportation. One way it does this is by awarding scholarships to women pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies in transportation or a related field.



Through the on-campus Students in Transportation Engineering & Planning (ITE-STEP), students can take on leadership roles in cultivating community and education around the transportation issues important to them.

Through local chapters of professional development organizations like WTS Portland and Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT), students can develop their academic and professional lives through forging relationships between transportation students and professionals.



Transportation & Communities Summit (TCS)
Students attend the annual TCS, learning from experts who work in transportation and livable communities all over the country. Students from any U.S. accredited university are eligible to enter the Open Call for Poster Sessions at TCS.

Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB)
With the help of NITC funding, we send 15 - 20 PSU students to attend the annual meeting of TRB each January. Many of our graduate students present research at the conference.

Friday Transportation Seminar
Weekly, throughout the school year, students hear from PSU Transportation faculty as well as speakers from around the region and country at the Friday Transportation Seminar