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Goal 1

Two students working with equipment in a lab.

Students in the BB 315 Molecular Biology Laboratory work with biochemists Kari van Zee and Michael Freitag during their course-based Undergraduate Research Experience

Develop the next generation of science leaders, mentors and culture shapers

Community, physical and digital infrastructure mission

To be successful in our mission, the College of Science must invest in, support and promote our faculty, staff, advisors and students. We will strive to nurture a diverse community of science leaders, mentors, advisors and culture shapers through investments in people, infrastructure and digital resources.

Actions and implementation

An implementation committee will develop a timeline for implementing, assessing and adapting the actions and tactics detailed in each of the plan’s four goals. The committee will also develop metrics and key indicators of success.

Action 1.1 - Build leadership capacity to carry out the College of Science and OSU mission as a land grant university.

Recruit and retain high caliber and diverse talent to lead our research, teaching, advising, and public outreach and engagement mission both on campus and Ecampus

Strategically assemble teaching and research clusters to understand and address emerging shifts in higher education and global challenges in climate, energy and human health

Develop accessible programs for faculty, staff, and students to learn skills to shape inclusive leadership and collaborative culture within the College of Science and OSU

Create and partner in programs at OSU to help people develop skills in best mentoring and culturally responsive advising practices

Monitor, evaluate and assess metrics for success and make adjustments to provide continuous skills development to advance our mission and vision.

Action 1.2 - Maximize time, skills, tools and talent to build a culture of inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration and innovation.

Create social and inclusive spaces (physical and virtual) to build social cohesiveness, support diverse perspectives/lens/approaches to science, encourage adaptive flexibility to change and exchange ideas. Strategically organize opportunities for people from different disciplines to share their ideas, pedagogical innovations, and research discoveries

Encourage positive attitudes toward collaboration and build collaborative readiness with access to technical support for successful collaborations, and skills for effective communication

Reward efforts when community members form interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations in research and pedagogical innovations

Action 1.3 - Strategically align partnerships and fundraising to support, expand and empower a diverse science community and its physical and digital infrastructure.

Develop science communication and advocacy skills that enable faculty to better communicate with potential donors, investors, fundraising campaigns, private foundations and industry partners that lead to investment in physical (collaborative spaces, student learning environments) and expanded experiential learning opportunities

Build Industry-academic partnerships to expand networks and internship opportunities for our students and faculty

Collaborate with campus partners to develop our presence in the Collaborative Innovation Complex (CIC)

Action 1.4 - Expand investment in our communication and technological infrastructure.

Invest in new collaborative infrastructure or complement existing academic and research infrastructures that allow the College of Science to properly educate the next generation of scientific leaders and conduct research that converges to solve big challenges in society

Support the establishment of new collaborative research clusters, centers, or institutes and facilities that align with our signature areas of focus

Maintain faculty-wide instrumentation programs or centers

Partner across campus to increase support for IT and computational facilities to ensure they are adequately maintained and stay updated to support research and teaching

Market and brand our research and educational value to increase our visibility nationally and internationally

Group of students gathered on the quad outside Kidder Hall

What we're doing now

An inclusive future for science

Science achieves its impact because it is a nexus of diverse perspectives and experiences. But it is less powerful when some lack access to fully participate in life-changing learning opportunities and research. Evolving out of evidence and College-wide input, the 2021-2024 Diversity Action Plan (DAP), “Embedding Equity, Access and Inclusion,” guides the College in our commitment to embed inclusive excellence in everything we do. The DAP is critical to the strategic plan.

Unleashing the potential of Genetic Code Expansion

The College of Science is home to the world’s first Genetic Code Expansion (GCE) Center that makes groundbreaking science accessible to all. GCE is a powerful tool with vast implications for research and the development of new therapeutics. Research could include breakthroughs in revealing health-related physiological processes and treatments. Ryan Mehl, center director and professor of biochemistry and biophysics, received over $5.6 million in NIH funding to disseminate GCE technology.