The College of Science is graduating 572 undergraduate students of science this spring: three graduates with an Honors Bachelor of Arts, 48 with an Honors Bachelor of Science, seven with a Bachelors of Art and 514 graduates with a Bachelor of Science. We are extremely proud of our students and look forward to their contributions and leadership to the field of science.
We caught up with several of our graduates as they approach graduation and asked them to reflect on their experiences in the College of Science and at Oregon State. Graduating seniors Michael Perlin, Tyler Mendes, Parisah Moghaddampour, Landon Oka, Justin Conner and Courtney Jackson share their stories.
Both Michael Perlin and Tyler Mendes are physics and mathematics seniors who arrived at OSU planning to major in different subjects. The College of Science is committed to student success and proactively advises students to find majors that excite them.
“We have the best interest of all our students in mind as we guide them to find their place in science and to select the best major for them,” says College of Science Dean Sastry G. Pantula.
“By providing a variety of transformative experiences for our students, we help them learn and enjoy Science. I am extremely proud of our students and all that they have accomplished.” –Dean Sastry Pantula
Perlin, a native of Corvallis, began his undergraduate career as a nuclear engineering major and soon switched to physics. Alongside a rigorous undergraduate education in the highly regarded Paradigms in Physics program, Perlin participated in rewarding research experiences with his physics professors and had two prestigious internships at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He recently won a DAAD (The German Academic Exchange Service) Graduate Scholarship to carry out quantum dynamics research for a year at the University of Ulm in Germany after his graduation from OSU.
“My first class was Physics 212 and in my second year I started the paradigms program. It is a pretty intense program and I loved it. It was soon after I started there that I realized I wanted to do science and research instead of building nuclear reactors,” said Perlin, who intends to pursue doctoral studies in physics after his fellowship in Germany.