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The class of 2020 finishes strong!

By Cari Longman

Congratulations to the Oregon State College of Science class of 2020! This has been an extraordinary year. Despite massive challenges, our Science students have shown incredible resilience, grit and determination to succeed in their courses and complete their degrees.

The College is graduating 659 students with baccalaureate degrees in 2019-20 from both its Corvallis and Cascades campuses, including 73 Honors baccalaureates – a 40% increase from last year. Biology lead the way with 200 graduates, with biohealth sciences coming in second with 132 students. Next is mathematics with 60 graduates, followed by zoology with 53, biochemistry and molecular biology and microbiology, both with 51, chemistry with 38, physics with 23, and biochemistry and biophysics with 7 graduates.

Of the total baccalaureate graduates, 15% are underrepresented minorities and 28% are first-generation college students. In addition, 18 of the 2020 baccalaureate graduates are military veterans.

The College will also award 36 master’s degrees and 33 Ph.D.s, among them are 10 new chemistry and six new math and biology Ph.D.s. The class of 2020 represents ten majors in the life sciences, physical, mathematical and statistical sciences.

Our graduates accomplish more than they thought imaginable with the help of outstanding professors, who are also scientists at the top of their fields, and a team of dedicated advisors. Supported by awards and scholarships, science students collaborate with faculty to create new knowledge and achieve major scientific breakthroughs.

They are leaving OSU as accomplished young scientists in their own right, having begun research in their freshman year; they have presented their work at scientific conferences, co-authored papers in scientific publications with faculty mentors and even won top national awards for their research accomplishments.

In addition to their academic accomplishments, our graduates have also expanded their professional and intellectual horizons by taking part in other transformative experiences such as internships, study abroad programs, leadership experiences and experiential learning in and out of classrooms. These experiences can transform great students into extraordinary leaders in science.

Our 2020 graduates are Fulbright scholars, National Science Foundation Fellows, Mickey Leland Fellows, future doctors, scientists, entrepreneurs, community leaders, teachers and informed, engaged world citizens. Together they exemplify the College’s commitment to excellence in science education and an inclusive and diverse learning community. We couldn’t be prouder of them!

Each OSU graduate has a compelling story. Here are the stories of a few of our exceptional graduates, in which they reflect on their time at OSU and share their dreams for the future.

To hear even more stories about this incredible class of graduates, check out our Senior Spotlight page here. This page features more than 100 seniors sharing their favorite memories of OSU, how their last semester off campus has been, as well as the faculty that helped or inspired them along the way. 

Congratulations, Class of 2020!


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