Scholarships can be transformative for students, including zoology undergraduates, who can use the time that they would have spent at a minimum wage job to engage in one of many hands-on animal research and volunteer opportunities at Oregon State. Thanks to the generosity of its namesake founders, the John and Diane Howieson Scholarship, established in 2003, has offered financial support for undergraduate zoology students who show promise as a scholar, research scientist or teacher.
Three recent Howieson Scholars exemplify how the support they received was critical to their academic success and enabled them to take advantage of transformative experiences as part of their education at OSU.
A keen focus on academics and research
Honors zoology alumna Katrina Ann Hiebel (’18) attributes her ability to graduate in high standing and complete her honors thesis to the support of her Howieson Scholarship: “I was able to focus on school and research instead of having to get a job during the school year.”
“Undergraduate research was an amazing experience and was definitely one of the major points that helped me stand out from other applicants for veterinary school.”
The Hillsboro, Oregon, native’s passion to become a veterinarian was sparked in high school, when she did a job shadow at a veterinary clinic. At OSU, she enjoyed all of her zoology courses, particularly vertebrate biology, invertebrate biology and environmental biology, and appreciated the “unique and passionate” professors who enriched course material with personal stories about their teaching and/or research.
And speaking of research, Hiebel presented her honors thesis research on animal reproduction at the Society for Theriogenology Conference not once, but two summers in a row, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Fort Collins, Colorado, respectively.