News and Events

News and Events
Alumni talks with two current bioinformatics students

The Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program’s (KCGIP) bioinformatics track created the Mentorship Program to help bioinformatics graduate students navigate their way through their studies, career development and personal lives. Now entering its third year, the program pairs new bioinformatics track students with track alumni. 

Photolithography process

The Knight Campus is proud to announce an upcoming training workshop, Photolithography: The Science & Art of Copying hosted by Semiconductor Track Director, Fuding Lin and Bioengineering faculty, Felix Deku. Scheduled for April 5th-7th, 2024, the workshop promises to be a valuable experience.

HP Women's History Month Workshop Speakers Stacey York, Betsy Tanenbaum, and Michelle Regotti

Each year, March is designated as Women's History Month, which is dedicated to elevating the contributions of women both historically and in contemporary society. Michelle Regotti, a KCGIP alum, is partnering with KCGIP and Knight Campus staff to join her in presenting the "The Dollars and Sense of Inclusion" at HP.

Group of students before Genomics in Action slide

Genomics in Action celebrated ten years of learning, growing and connecting Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program students, alumni, partners, and the scientific community. What a great conference it was — thank you to everyone who joined us!



A woman and a man pose while the woman holds up a certificate

Betsy Tanenbaum has been promoted to associate director of student success, inclusion, and alumni engagement at the Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program. In her new role, Tanenbaum, who previously served as senior manager of alumni & corporate engagement, will continue her impactful work as a leader of inclusion for KCGIP and the broader Knight Campus. Her impact will be amplified by taking on a leadership role on the student success team that will include supervision.

2023 Internfest

Low-income Oregonians will reap the benefits of a $1M grant supporting new scholarships, mentoring activities, and career building opportunities which will ultimately support recipients' pathways to high-wage jobs in industry and national labs.

2023-24 OPIRC Mentors

KCGIP students have the opportunity to build professional skills throughout their time in the program by participating in coursework, workshops, and paid mentor-mentee programs. Meet the KCGIP students who are serving as mentors for the next generation of scientists and engineers. Mentors received formal training from program staff and are coached throughout the process, helping them develop their leadership skills. 


2022 Launch Cohort at the Oregon Coast

Piloted last year, the Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program is accepting applications for this year’s LAUNCH program. LAUNCH is an immersive experience for students from historically marginalized, ethnic-minority populations who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in bioinformatics and genomics. Learn more! 

Group of students eating lunch and having conversation on the Knight Campus Terrace

On May 25, students from the UO and regional community colleges convened for the 2023 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Taking advantage of the opportunity to bring scientists and engineers together, the Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program hosted a lunch and career networking event for community college students interested in pursuing STEM careers.

Six KCGIP Alumnae and Stacey York at the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics

During a recent weekend in January, Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program staff, alumni, and students traveled to the three sites hosting the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) - UC Merced, UC Santa Cruz, and University of Washington.


Students at optics table.

A grant from the National Science Foundation will help establish a pipeline of 64 students from Lane, Umpqua and Central Oregon Community Colleges to the UO KCGIP. 


Program metrics highlighted

Summer break ended with a bang as students in the Optics, Semiconductor, Polymer and Molecular Sensors tracks interviewed with over 50 hiring teams from around the country for 9-month paid internships and full-time opportunities. Find out where they went!

DEI Symposium panel

After two years of being inspired and captivated over Zoom, students, alumni and company partners enthusiastically gathered in real life for the 6th Annual Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program Inclusion Symposium.


Bioinformatics 2021 cohort

The 2021-22 interview season has yielded six new partnerships and a total of 16 internship locations for all 25 students in the bioinformatics program.

Master's students chatting on terrace

Since the program's Inclusion & Diversity Initiative launched in 2017, enrollment of women and underrepresented minorities with backgrounds in physics, chemistry or engineering has increased by 250%.  Learn how the program's relational approach to diversity, equity and inclusion is improving representation and the climate of science.


Students work together at computer

Thermo Fisher Scientific has committed $20,000 per year for the next 5 years to support Inclusion & Diversity scholarships for master's students in the  Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program. 

1gtf top view

More than 200 participants connected virtually for the 2022 Genomics in Action (GIA) conference. The event featured the work of 16 guest speakers, an alumni panel, and virtual research poster sessions with current program students.

Students work together at optics table.

MKS Instruments has committed $50,000 over the next 5 years to support Inclusion & Diversity Scholarships for Knight Campus Graduate Internship Program master's students.


lab furnace

For the fifth year in a row, the UO has conferred the most master’s degrees in physics in the country.

Lionel interview

Master’s students in the materials science tracks interviewed for 9-month paid internships, a cornerstone of the program. Within 2 weeks of interviews, 98% of participating students received competitive employment offers, with an average annual compensation of $66,200.