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Microbiology

First-gen biohealth grad achieves huge 'next step' toward career as a dentist

Gabriela Cortes Cortes is proud not to have let any obstacle, including a pandemic or the challenges of a first-generation student, hold her back from earning a four-year degree in the College of Science.

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Students

Oregon native – and role model to young girls – carves her own path in mathematics

Jennifer Smucker, mathematics senior, heads to Virginia Tech in the fall to pursue a Ph.D. in math. She hopes to be a role model for other women in STEM.

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Student Success

Oregon's top pre-med program meets the growing demand for doctors

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a surging interest in science and medicine, attracting a new generation of students to a career in medicine. Enrollment in the College of Science’s pre-med program at Oregon State University has also remained high, with numbers averaging 90-100 pre-med students annually since 2019.  

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Alumni and Friends

Meet a Science Grad: Steven Kurtz

Meet Steven Kurtz, BioHealth Sciences alumnus who is studying to become a physician assistant and extreme sports enthusiast.

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Students

Exploring the Options: Cindy Cedeño chose OSU for research opportunities

Cindy Cedeño, a chemistry major and graduating senior, transferred to OSU to pursue her passion for research.

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Integrative Biology

Science Professional Pursuits Program helped zoology major jumpstart her career

Taylor Robinson (’19) credits the SP3 program with teaching her practically how to be her best, most confident self in the job market.

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Faculty and Staff

Enhancing transfer students’ success in science

The College welcomes Melissa Lee to a new position—Transfer Student and Recruitment Advisor—on its central advising team.

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Students

Not your typical mathematician: Marine, cop, dad, first generation college graduate

Senior Michael Lopez is not your typical mathematician: a former U.S. Marine who served three tours in Iraq, a former cop, a struggling student in high school and soon a Ph.D. student.

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Student Success

New, transfer students flourish in STEM leadership program

The OSU STEM Leaders Program, designed to increase the success of underrepresented students in STEM fields, offers promising results after three years.