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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

Lowering fail rates and 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.

KC Walsh, writing out equations on window board with black backdrop
Physics

Going the distance: Successful Physics 20X series goes online

The Physics Department launched a fully online version of the Introductory Algebra-based Physics series.

Chantelle MacAdams next to the ocean on a rock
Students

Fighting for a habitable future: Science scholarship enables zoology senior to prepare

A recipient of the SURE Science award, zoology senior Chantelle MacAdams' research confirmed the role small predators could play after the loss of a keystone species.

Elise Lockwood in front of shrubbery
Mathematics

Mathematics professor receives Google award to improve K-12 computer science education in Oregon

Mathematician is part of a $141K, one-year grant from Google to enhance and increase integration between computer science education and mathematics teacher education.

Rachel Sousa next to research poster
Mathematics

Using mathematical biology to explore everything from ecological phenomenon to cancer cells

Mathematics senior Rachel Sousa found her passion in mathematical biology, motivated to work harder and break barriers in the notoriously male-dominated field.

Juntos students experimenting with gas
Events

Third annual Juntos Chemistry Camp sparks STEM ambition in high-school students

The third annual Juntos Chemistry Overnight Camp delighted 22 fortunate high school students from across Oregon over a beautiful sunny June weekend on campus.

Naveen and Sarah in front of Owen Hall
Mathematics

Mathematics graduate student's leadership, innovative teaching, outreach and research garners awards

Mathematics graduate students are taking the lead in transforming undergraduate teaching and expanding math outreach activities.