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Alumni Successes

Alumni Successes

Our alumni started out just like you. They looked at the world around them and were driven by a curiosity to understand how it all works. They saw something that could be better. They struggled to find their place and gain the experiences that would help them make an impact in the world.

Now they are working in meaningful jobs at NASA, the Ocean Exploration Trust, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, to name a few. Many others work in healthcare facilities, materials science, data science, education, media, business and more.

An Oregon State science education opened doors to many opportunities to protect the planet and improve society. They sought out experiences, career training and connections that would help them prepare for a rewarding job and a meaningful future.

Below are just some of our alumni accomplishments.

Our alumni bring science to the world

Young Alumni Award winner makes Forbes' 30 under 30 list

Alumnus Scott Clark ('08) was named to Forbes' 30 under 30 list for 2016 and wins the College of Science Young Alumni Award.

Alumnus Warren Washington to receive prestigious Tyler Prize for pioneering climate studies

Pioneering climate scientist and alumnus Warren Washington is a co-recipient of the 2019 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, often referred to as the Nobel Prize for the Environment.

2019 Young Alumni Awardee makes waves as marine ecologist and ocean storyteller

Biology and chemistry alumna Megan Cook receives 2019 Young Alumni Award, a tribute to her global career build spanning research, marine operations, media communication and ocean education.

Communicating math through aerial acrobatics

Mathematics alumna Nancy Scherich (M.S., ’13) has bridged the worlds of art and math to great acclaim.

Pharmaceutical scientist credits biochemistry and biophysics Ph.D. as key to success

Justin Hall (Ph.D. ’10) is excited to return to Oregon State University and give back to the community that helped jumpstart his success at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

Physics alumnus involved in historic astrophysics discoveries

Physics alumnus Shane Larson is part of the LIGO team behind the revolutionary astronomy discovery of the merger of two neutron stars.

Biochemistry and Biophysics alumna builds next-gen robots

Rebecca Pankow (’11) was featured in New Yorker for her research on building a new generation of robots that work cooperatively with humans.