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You’re networked for life

When you receive your degree from the College of Science, you join an accomplished group of more than 28,000 alumni. From a marine scientist and ocean storyteller to a director of science and technology for a national laboratory to a pioneering climate scientist who developed global climate models, our alumni are making a difference.

Others are leading meaningful lives outside of the spotlight as physicians, dentists, data analysts, materials scientists, nonprofit leaders, manufacturing technicians, educators and business leaders. Whatever path you take, you will always be a part of Team Science.

Engage with us

Your connection with the College doesn’t have to end when you graduate. The experiences and professional connections you make after graduation can benefit future science students in so many important ways. You can get involved—or give a financial gift if you choose. You can lend your expertise at our professional networking events, link students to opportunities to job shadow, do an internship, conduct research or fill a job opening. Or come to events hosted by your department, OSU Foundation or put on black and orange and come cheer on our Beavs athletic teams when they play in Corvallis.

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Your success is our success

Your connection to the College of Science inspires our students to tackle some of today's most pressing problems. It gives them the tools they need to succeed and flourish, personally, academically and professionally. Your contributions are visible everywhere – from the scholarships, programs and internships you support for our students to the international and research experiences that help them apply classroom learning to achieve their goals outside the classroom.

Our students look to you as an example of how to contribute in a meaningful way and become a leader in science. We welcome you to engage with our students and faculty – whether it's coming to campus for an event, sharing career advice with a student, presenting a talk about your career path in science or giving back through philanthropy. Your support is invaluable.

Make a gift

One of the simplest ways to support the College and our students is through making a gift. Scholarship dollars help enable access to more students seeking the outstanding science education they will experience here and help students succeed by easing financial burdens and expanding their opportunities.

Alumni Awards

Recognizing excellence among our alumni and friends

The College of Science is proud to publicly recognize and honor our alumni and friends for their distinguished personal and career accomplishments and for exemplary contributions to society that brought credit to the College and to Oregon State University and has made a lasting impact in our communities and our lives.

Our alumni awards are the highest honors presented by the College to our alumni and friends on an annual basis. We are very proud to claim our alumni as part of our strong science community.

The College of Science launched its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan aimed at building a diverse and inclusive science community of excellence; serving as a global leader in scientific research and scholarship; and excelling in outreach, engagement, visibility and economic development. Our distinguished alumni embody these goals and are dedicated to advancing science and to supporting the next generation of leaders in science.

Our alumni are a testament that a science degree can transform lives and lead to personal and professional success to address some of the most pressing problems facing society. They inspire us all!

Lifetime Achievement in Science Award

This award honors the distinguished career and recognizes exceptional and significant contributions to science over the course of a lifetime either through research, scholarship or teaching.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

This award is given annually to an alumnus/alumna whose exceptional achievements in business, education, public service or research that has brought honor, distinction and visibility to the College of Science at Oregon State University. Nominations are solicited from the departments in the College in consultation with the OSU Foundation and the OSU Alumni Association. Nomination packets will also be shared each year for consideration for the E. B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award and/or the Alumni Fellow Award, which is given every other year. In the future, the timing of this College award will be coordinated to coincide with these university awards.

Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes the distinguished service of an alumnus, alumna or friend of the College of Science at Oregon State University. Nominations will be sought from the department chairs/heads in the College and from the OSU Foundation. This award will also be given annually, and the selected recipient will be nominated for the Dan Poling Service Award by the OSU Alumni Association.

Young Alumni Award

This award recognizes the exceptional achievements in career, public service and/or volunteer activities of a young alumnus/alumna. “Young” is defined as less than 10 years from the most recent degree. Consideration will be given to nominees who may have taken breaks during their career paths. If the nominee is qualified for the OSU Alumni Association Young Alumni Award (age 35 or younger), then the nomination will be forwarded to OSUAA. This award will be given annually with input and guidance from the department chairs in the College, OSUAA and the OSU Foundation.

Send us your nominations!

To nominate exceptional the College of Science alumni or friends for these awards, please submit send nominations to

Contact us

To discuss how you can support the College of Science, please contact our Directors of Development for the College.

Tom McLennan

Sr. Director of Development
541-737-0847 office

Marlys Amundson

Director of Development
541-737-0055 office

Learn more about the latest philanthropy news, giving opportunities and events at Oregon State University by visiting the OSU Foundation website. Or make a gift online today.

Connect with the OSU Alumni Association

For more information on OSU alumni services, programs and events, visit the OSU Alumni Association website.