Welcome back, Team Science
Hello, College of Science students, faculty, and staff. It is my great pleasure to welcome you to this new academic year.
I am particularly excited to greet our new students. I hope that as you begin your studies at OSU, you will quickly experience the rewards of studying in a College deeply committed to our mission and to your success.
To our whole Science community, I am so glad that ALL of you have chosen to be part of the College this year in this unusual time – from wherever you are studying and working with us. My great hope is that in our current adapted environment, this community will continue to thrive.
I am honored to lead the College of Science’s shared vision for many reasons. Most importantly, I am thankful that we have the privilege of being part of work that’s meaningful. Advancing science and preparing the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, statisticians and healthcare providers is vitally important. Science holds the key to solving the world’s most pressing environmental and health problems of our time – including today’s global pandemic. There is no field I would rather belong to, and it is clear many of you feel the same way.
I’m also grateful that the value of a degree from the College of Science remains as high as ever, despite the changes the pandemic has required us to make. A science degree continues to meet the needs of the market and address urgent humanitarian needs. OSU does more research and attracts more research funding than any other university in the state of Oregon. And our reputation in the sciences is highly regarded by national and international leaders and employers. In other words, a College of Science education from OSU leads to solid jobs and a meaningful future.
Thank you for your belief and investment in the College of Science and in Oregon State University. In this unprecedented time that requires adapted ways of teaching and learning, we will miss seeing you in person. But we are confident that OSU and our College will continue to offer an excellent education and provide the support you need to succeed. I encourage you to seek creative ways to care for yourself and others, and to make use of the many resources and services that are available to you – including our outstanding faculty, advisors, tutoring centers and science peer advisors.
As we begin this new year, I look forward to what we can accomplish. I am eager to continue working together to help Science students build a strong foundation for the future and transform the world through science.