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Van Anh Vu
Alumni and Friends

Biohealth sciences, pre-pharmacy alumna graduated early to care for patients during the pandemic

As a 12th-grader, Van Anh Vu was accepted into the College of Pharmacy as part of the college’s Early Assurance Program and completed her bachelor’s degree in biohealth sciences and international studies at Oregon State University.

Bloom sits on a rocky ledge by the beach.
Students

Aspiring forensic scientist gets boost from research opportunities

Many of us know of forensic science from crime TV shows. Madeline Bloom, an incoming senior in honors chemistry, is trying to make it her life.

Students use a variety of tools to conduct their summer research.
Students

Summer fellowships awarded to exceptional science students

The College of Science is proud to announce that 41 science students have received summer undergraduate research awards.

Megan Tucker standing in park
Mathematics

Mathematics and writing senior awarded Department of Energy fellowship

Megan Tucker will graduate next month with a substantial amount of research experience under her belt: She was awarded the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship, which gave her the opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary team at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in Albany, Oregon, during the summer of 2019.

MAPS Conference attendees standing together in lobby
Students

One club’s mission: Supporting more representative future doctors

The Minority Association of Premedical Students, or MAPS, supports students from underrepresented backgrounds get into medical school. 

Roy Haggerty and student mentee Alejandra Fuerte
Student Success

Enhancing diversity and academic success with a new culture of mentoring

The university-wide Beaver Connect mentoring program is one of several ambitious initiatives that have helped undergraduate student success, leading to the highest ever first-year retention rate of 85.4% at Oregon State University.

Joaquin Rodriguez
Biochemistry & Biophysics

Finding clarity and calm during a global pandemic

Joaquin Rodriguez, a biochemistry and biophysics senior doing research on viruses, explains why the coronavirus has a high rate of transmission.

Mikayla Pivec standing in outdoor plaza, wearing a USA basketball jersey
Graduate students

Basketball star broadens her reach

After a sudden and disappointing end to a phenomenal season, award-winning point guard Mikayla Pivec has left a legacy at Oregon State that will be remembered long after she graduates.

Lori Kayes talking to class from white board
Diversity in Science

Inclusive excellence grant leads to research advances on breaking barriers in STEM courses

Thanks to a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Inclusive Excellence Initiative, faculty have been working toward breaking down barriers some students face when pursuing a STEM education.

student learning assistant helping peers during lecture in the Learning Innovation Center
Student Success

Building student success: Peer-to-peer learning garners crucial support from science alumni

The Learning Assistant program in the College of Science has reduced the drop-fail-withdrawal rate in several key courses by half and has become a model for other colleges at the university.

Female professor leading large lecture in LINC 100
Student Success

Fostering student success in introductory biology

Integrative Biology faculty have transformed instructional strategies to improve student learning and performance in the introductory Principles of Biology courses.

Weihong Qiu pointing at samples with female mentee, Haelyn Epp, in lab
Biomedical Science

Focusing on research full-time helps BioHealth Science student get to the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’

BioHealth Sciences junior Haelyn Epp used her SURE Science scholarship to do full-time research on motor proteins.