Investing In The Central Oregon Community Through Science Education & Sponsorships
Bend Research gives back to the community through a variety of outreach programs. We focus on science education due to our unique position in our rural region, but we also support many organizations that strive to keep Central Oregon a healthier, happier, and safer place to live and work.
Focus on Science Education
We are committed to encouraging interest in science among Central Oregon students. Since 1992, the annual Inventerprise science contest poses a question to spark the imaginations of would-be scientists, challenging them to pursue inventive solutions to pressing problems. Inventerprise, sponsored by Bend Research with help from Bend-La Pine Schools and Central Oregon Community College, attracts more than 400 entries each year from K-12 students.
Science Night is run by Bend Research scientists who invite Central Oregon students and their parents and teachers to join them at our facilities for evenings of science and fun. A series of programs, featuring educational science demonstrations, are many several times each year. In a typical year, 300 to 400 third- through sixth-graders participate in Science Night, as do winners of the annual Inventerprise science contest. Employees also take the programs on the road, presenting them at small rural schools throughout the region.
Bend Research is a primary supporter of the Bend Science Station, a local non-profit that promotes science literacy. Funding and board support make it possible for every fifth-grade student in the Bend-La Pine, Redmond, and Sisters school districts to spend time in an educational science laboratory, designing and conducting their own experiments and participating in a range of laboratory and field opportunities.
In addition, Bend Research donates laboratory supplies to science classrooms in area schools and offers regular tours of our facilities to students. Employees routinely volunteer to teach at area elementary schools, serve as judges at science fairs, advise robotic teams, do demonstrations for schools and groups, and provide job shadow opportunities for local high school students.
Leadership in Higher Education and Economic Development
We support higher education throughout Central Oregon and particularly value our partnerships with Central Oregon Community College and with Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, both located in Bend. We fund scholarships, provide internship opportunities, sponsor the annual COCC Math Contest, and donate equipment for student use. We also highly value our relationships with Oregon Institute of Technology, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University in Corvallis, Portland State University, and Oregon Health and Science University.
Bend Research has a robust internship program designed to provide top science and engineering students with hands-on experience in solving real-world problems. Every year, community college, undergraduate, and graduate students participate in part- or full-time internships that combine mentored work experience with independent assignments and daily experience in complex research and development processes that will supplement what they’ve learned in the classroom. (For more information about internships, contact Human Resources at Bend Research Inc.)
Bend Research believes that investments in all aspects of higher education and economic development are critical to building new and sustaining the excellence of existing industries in Oregon and the nation. As a result, it encourages its employees to assume leadership roles in some of the most influential institutions in Oregon, including (but not limited to):
- Oregon University Systems Engineering and Technology Industry Council
- Oregon Biosciences Association Board
- Oregon Translational Research and Drug Discovery Institute Board
- Oregon State University Foundation Board
- Oregon State University Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering Industrial Advisory Board
- Oregon State College of Engineering Advisory Board
- University of Oregon College of Arts & Sciences Board
- University of Washington School of Pharmacy Corporate Advisory Board
- University Venture Development Fund
- COCC Chemistry Project Advisors Group