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University Honors College

Published: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:54:53 PDT

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$1 million pledge to boost University Honors College at OSU

Mon, 17 May 2010 16:00:34 PDT

The University Honors College at Oregon State University has received a $1 million pledge to create endowments in support of its students, faculty and the dean. The planned gift, by an anonymous couple, is the largest ever received by the college.

OSU alum receives prestigious graduate fellowship

Mon, 17 May 2010 15:00:46 PDT

Taralyn Tan landed at Oregon State University almost by happy accident. Having already applied at other colleges during her senior year in high school, she happened upon a brochure for Oregon State while cleaning her room, and started reading about the school's medical preceptorship program. Intrigued, Tan applied just two weeks short of the deadline, and was accepted.

Bacteria move over; there's a new nitrifier in town

Mon, 17 May 2010 14:56:52 PDT

An international group of researchers, including Dean Arp of the University Honors College at Oregon State University, has opened the door to understanding how crenarchaea affect the global nitrogen cycle.

Oregon State student named Goldwater Scholar

Mon, 17 May 2010 14:54:55 PDT

Caitlin Crimp, an Oregon State University biochemistry/biophysics major in OSU's University Honors College, has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Goldwater scholarships, which cover the student's eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books and room and board, are awarded to the nation's top students in science, math and engineering.

Former Honors College student wins prestigious graduate fellowship

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 00:00:00 PDT

Taralyn Tan, a 2008 graduate of Oregon State University in biochemistry and biophysics and the University Honors College, has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Marcus L. Urann Fellowship, which provides $15,000 toward her graduate study in neuroscience at Harvard University.(image)

Singing of Science

Fri, 19 Mar 2010 00:00:00 PDT

UHC professor Kevin Ahern's "metabolic melodies" have students singing in class and on YouTube.

Presidential Forum

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 19:39:28 PST

On Thursday Feb 18 the University Honors College and the Honors Activities and Advisory Committee hosted its Annual Presidential Forum. The forum entitled "United Through Divisions" was on OSU's new divisional structure and how the new structure will have impacts on our university.

McGregor knows the key to balance

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 19:39:03 PST

Because it was in front of an enthusiastic Gill Coliseum crowd, with the pressure of living up to her team's national ranking on an apparatus unfamiliar to her at the collegiate level, Stephanie McGregor could have gotten nervous very easily. But the Oregon State sophomore, a pre-bio-engineering major in the University Honors College, is used to facing challenges like that on a daily basis - in the classroom.

Conquering the American Dream

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 19:37:58 PST

Mai Nguyen, a sophomore in economics and philosophy with a minor in Spanish, wants to do everything. For starters, Nguyen who is in the Honors College, taught an Odyssey class in the fall and has also been involved in Peer Theater.

Undergraduate research selected for funding

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:00:00 PST

The Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the awards for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) 2009-10 Winter/Spring solicitation.

Pathways Scholar Mentor Program

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 00:00:00 PST

The Honors College is introducing the Pathways Scholar Mentor Program. This new program provides an opportunity for honors students to help INTO Pathways students practice English conversation. It is a great way to get international experience while here at OSU, learn about other cultures, and earn honors credit. Plus, it's fun!

UHC Supporter Ruth Beyer receives Alumni Fellow Award

Sat, 19 Dec 2009 00:00:00 PST

Ruth Beyer was recently selected to receive an Alumni Fellow Award. She was nominated by the University Honors College in recognition of her outstanding service to the UHC and to OSU. Ruth serves on the UHC Board of Regents and has chaired the Board since 2007.

Unique biology lab gives freshmen the chance to do real research

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 17:49:24 PST

Magnified, they look a bit like robots that NASA would send to explore distant planets, but phages - also known as bacteriophages - are actually tiny viruses that infect and destroy bacteria. For the last two years, Oregon State University freshmen in a unique biology lab have been researching and documenting phages, and their work is contributing to a Howard Hughes Medical Institute project.(image)

University Honors College Students are Powered by Orange

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 00:00:00 PDT

A few students from the Honors College at Oregon State University share what they think it means to be Powered by Orange. (image)

UHC undergrad wins a URISC award

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 10:37:02 PDT

Congratulations to UHC's Celene Christensen, undergraduate double major in geology and environmental sciences, on being chosen for a URISC (Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity) award.

A Strong Start: why an incoming freshman chose OSU

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 00:00:00 PDT

As of spring of 2008, Sam Kelly-Quattrocchi has been set on becoming a Beaver. But what attracts a student from Southern California to Oregon State? Here is a conversation with him about his reasons on coming to Oregon State University, and starting out in UHC. (image)

Far Side Entomology defies norms, thrives as part of Honors College

Sat, 15 Aug 2009 16:10:07 PDT

In the core of the University Honors College, there is a class that defies convention and logic. This class, titled "Far Side Entomology," has been taught in the UHC by Dr. Michael Burgett, emeritus professor of horticulture, for more than 20 years.

A Life Aquatic

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 17:36:49 PDT

When you consider Honors College student Emily Pickering's lifelong passion for marine biology - childhood trips to Newport to see Keiko the whale; convincing her family, year after year, to see Orcas in the wild off Vancouver Island; becoming SCUBA-certified at age 11 and having 95 dives under her belt by age 19 - it's unsurprising that she's counting a research trip to the Bahamas with coral-reef fish expert Mark Hixon among her experiences. (image)

OSU's 'thrill ride' to compete in Germany

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 16:04:28 PDT

Oregon State University students have built a car that goes 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, corners like it's on rails and stops on a dime. "Quite a thrill ride," said Trevor Takaro, a junior mechanical engineering major and University Honors College Student. The car is now being shipped to Germany for an international contest that Takaro said is an unofficial world championship. (image)

Against the Odds

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 14:13:54 PDT

Ngan Nguyen was 15 when she climbed out of her bedroom window after a family argument and caught a ride with some friends to Portland. Unsurprisingly, graduating college was not on her mind. In fact, the idea of college would have seemed ridiculous. Nguyen had dropped out of high school earlier that year, and was heading toward a life of cheap apartments, couch surfing and working long hours for low pay in Portland. It wasn't promising. (image)

Oregon State Student Selected as Udall Scholar

Mon, 18 May 2009 12:45:22 PDT

Shayna Rogers, an Oregon State University environmental sciences major and Honors College Student from Corvallis, has been selected as a 2009 Udall Scholar.

Claire Rogan is Learning What Sustainable Harvesting Means

Mon, 18 May 2009 12:43:16 PDT

When Claire Rogan tells people she is a logger, she gets a range of reactions - anything from a sense of camaraderie from those who live the same lifestyle, to anger from people who think logging is utterly destructive. But for the Oregon State sophomore and University Honors College student, education has been the key to her understanding of the practice.(image)

Dixon Student Employees Save Heart Attack Victim

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 21:21:08 PDT

Three student-workers of the Dixon Recreation Center, including Honors College student Miles Dodge, used an Automated External Defibrillator Wednesday morning to save the life of an OSU faculty member found lying in the men's locker room unconscious, not breathing and with no pulse. (image)

Presidential Forum Answers Students' Questions on Economy

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 12:06:57 PDT

Recently the University Honors College hosted a presidential forum to answer students' questions and concerns involving the economic crisis and the impacts it is and will have on higher education.

UHC #3 among "The 15 Strangest College Courses In America."

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 12:04:01 PDT

The comic strip "The Far Side" featured a rich universe filled with interesting animals and bugs. Far Side Entomology professor Michael Burgett uses the comic strip as a teaching tool to explore interactions between humans and insects.

Biofuels and Relationships

Thu, 19 Feb 2009 00:00:00 PST

For Christine Kelly and University Honors College student Kelsey Childress, lab work is about experience. Learn more and listen to Christine and Kelsey's podcast. (image)

Honey Isn't All Sweetness, Experts Warn

Sun, 18 Jan 2009 00:00:00 PST

Michael Burgett, a leading international bee wizard from Oregon State University and University Honors College faculty member, says the first thing that Americans need to understand is the role that honeybees play in pollinating this country's agriculture.

Bacteria May Attack Seasonally

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 13:00:50 PST

U.S. scientists say they've found a type of bacteria increases as much as 17 percent with every 10-degree increase in temperature. "Gram-negative bacteria are a frequent cause of urinary tract, gastrointestinal and respiratory infections, as well as more serious things like pneumonia, wound or blood infections," study researcher Jessina McGregor of the OSU College of Pharmacy and University Honors College said.

Social factors in aging need attention, asserts award-winning provost

Sun, 16 Nov 2008 20:31:03 PST

Joe Hendricks, the founding dean of OSU's Honors College and a nationally-known social gerontologist, has won the most prestigious, international-in-scope award of the Gerontological Society of America. Hendricks will receive the 2008 Kleemeier Award Nov. 23 for the impact of his research in the field of aging. (image)

Reptile Planet - Dan Preston Tracks Cold-Blooded Animals Across the Globe

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 11:16:44 PDT

Honors Student Dan Preston pauses outside an ordinary-looking door in Cordley Hall. "Most people who walk by have no idea what's inside this room," the OSU biology major remarks as he turns the knob. (image)

OSU Student Awarded Stanford REE Fellowship

Tue, 14 Oct 2008 00:00:00 PDT

Oregon State University Honors College student Dann Cutter was awarded the Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education Fellowship at Stanford University for fall 2008.

An Intertidal Future

Fri, 19 Sep 2008 00:00:00 PDT

(image) Aquatic ecologist Christina Murphy is heading to Chile on a Fulbright grant.

Devoted to Nano

Mon, 18 Aug 2008 00:00:00 PDT

University Honors College student Anna Putnam conducts the submicroscopic search for a better battery. (image)

Deep Ecology

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:17:27 PDT

(image) OSU zoology professor and UHC mentor Mark Hixon's research on fish population dynamics has taken him to most of the planet's oceans, both temperate and tropical.

The Edge of Biotech

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:11:36 PDT

(image) When he encounters people who are against his type of research, Honors forest science professor Steven Strauss sometimes shows a photo of himself as a young man. In the picture, taken when he was about 17, Strauss' long hair is tied into a ponytail, and he looks, he says, "like a stereotypical young environmentalist."

Oregon State Rowers Named to Scholar Athlete List

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 09:55:49 PDT

Senior rowers Justin Wagner and Kaylie Towne have been named to the 10-member Pac-10 Conference Spring Scholar Athletes team. Wagner is a three-time Pac-10 Conference First Team Academic honoree and a biology major in the University Honors College.

Geoscience Professor Gets Students Psyched for Conservation

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 09:51:46 PDT

(image) Many professors teach through lectures and multiple choice exams, but Honors professor Steve Cook does things his own way.

Honors Student Stars in OSU Musical With Stiers

Thu, 15 May 2008 00:00:00 PDT

(image) Put a controversial performance artist, a conservative U.S. Senator, the chair of the National Endowment of the Arts and a preacher named JoeBob into a room together to discuss art and politics, and the resulting personality clashes are sure to generate comedy.

Deep Ecology

Thu, 15 May 2008 00:00:00 PDT

(image) From coral reefs in the tropics to Oregon's rocky banks, UHC mentor Mark Hixon investigates coastal marine fishes.

Finding Your Niche

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 13:33:46 PDT

OSU abounds with opportunities that can be found in the least expected places - in a class, over coffee at Javastop or even in a residence hall. It was by such happenstance that Neha George, UHC student, met Josh Curtis, a Speech Communication major and College of Liberal Arts Ambassador.

Distinguished Professor, Microbiologist Named Dean of OSU Honors College

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 00:00:00 PDT

(image) A longtime plant microbiology researcher who holds the highest academic rank possible for faculty at Oregon State University has been named dean of the University Honors College, officials announced recently.

Business Students Make Finals in Ethics Competition

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 14:44:32 PDT

Honors student Elise Abramson and her classmate Teri Young took fourth place recently at the 2007 Eller Ethics Case Competition at the University of Arizona. This is the third time that an OSU College of Business team made it to the final round.

Keegan Fitzgerald: A Specialist in the Gym and in the Classroom

Wed, 12 Mar 2008 14:36:50 PDT

A hard worker in the Honors classroom and the gym, senior bars specialist Keegan Fitzgerald often surprise her teammates when she laughs loudly at a joke.

Biofuels and Relationships

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 00:00:00 PST

For Christine Kelly and University Honors College student Kelsey Childress, lab work is about relationships. Read their story on the OSU Mentors site, and listen to the podcast. (image)

Undergraduate Innovators

Wed, 13 Feb 2008 10:54:48 PST

The vice president for Research is proud to announce the awards for the Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity (URISC) 2007-08 fall solicitation. Read about what the following Honors students are up to: Cespedes, Fisher, Lamb and Miles-Rockenfield.

Profiles of Honors College students

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 15:39:27 PST

Read about the experiences of University Honors College students in their own words.

Engineers Soar in Angels in America

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 15:35:00 PST

When the curtain opened on Oregon State University Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's award-winning play Angels in America on Nov. 8, playgoers may have been a bit surprised to see a hefty gang of engineers on stage, including Nathan White, an Honors student and computer science major.

OSU accessibility research innovations included in Boeing 787

Mon, 12 Nov 2007 10:29:04 PST

When Boeing's 787 Dreamliner enters service next year, it will offer enhanced accessibility features developed at Oregon State University's National Center for Accessible Transportation (NCAT). NCAT director and UHC faculty member Katharine Hunter-Zaworski was invited to Seattle March 26 for Boeing's unveiling of the new accessibility features.

Honors Points of Pride

Tue, 09 Oct 2007 16:00:09 PDT

Mary Jo Nye, UHC faculty and mentor, and Mark Hixon, UHC mentor, are both featured on the OSU Points of Pride. Nye earned the History of Science Society's Sarton Medal in 2006; Hixon was personally cited as the leading coral reef expert in the Western Hemisphere and third in the world.

Energy source: Looking at women's health

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:54:52 PDT

The mixed messages blare at every grocery checkout: supermodels smiling seductively from magazines that push chocolate cake recipes and weight-loss tips on the same page. No wonder millions of American females struggle with food and body image, laments Honors OSU Professor Melinda Manore.

The priority of story

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:52:24 PDT

In the modern university, the academic and spiritual quests for understanding appear to be in conflict: the rational versus the mystical. Mind versus heart. But these are false dichotomies, according to Honors OSU English Professor Chris Anderson.

OSU students demonstrate sustainable practices at new center

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 09:07:54 PDT

OSU students and community volunteers are turning an old house into the new home of the university's Student Sustainability Center. "We want to make it like the other cultural centers that are on campus," said Shayna Rogers, a UHC and environmental sciences student intern at the center.

Jumping for joy ... and strong bones

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 09:05:08 PDT

Courtney Lovemark, an Honors College sophomore and recipient of an Undergraduate Research Awards Program grant that supported her as a researcher in OSU's Bone Research Laboratory during winter and spring terms, has been helping measure bone density for the BUGSY (Building the Growing Skeleton in Youth) study.

Growing a career

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 11:05:55 PDT

(image) Jing Sun, a UHC junior in microbiology, has wanted to become a doctor ever since a childhood bout with hepatitis A put her in the hospital. "That made a big impression on me, mostly on how much I didn't want to be in the hospital, but also on how grateful I was to the doctors who helped me get better," she says.

Making travel more accessible

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 11:01:40 PDT

(image) Air travel is becoming less of a chore for persons with disabilities thanks to UHC professor Kate Hunter-Zaworski and other researchers in OSU's National Center for Accessible Transportation (NCAT).

Dreaming of hurricanes

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 10:52:28 PDT

When Kim Johnson was 8 years old, she would race through her school work so she could watch the Weather Channel. Her favorite show was "Weather in the Classroom," and Johnson was in love with the subject. Seeing weather in action gave her a thrill.

The real question: To sink or swim in math class?

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 13:49:45 PDT

UHC associate dean Bill Bogley recently had an opinion piece about math curriculum published in his hometown newspaper. "Reform mathematics has stirred considerable controversy in the nationwide community of mathematics educators, scientists and professional mathematicians. I urge education leaders in Traverse City to continue the work begun in 1999 and reinstate a traditional content-focused and skill-based mathematics curriculum at the K-8 level," Bogley wrote.

OSU wins High Five civil war challenge

Thu, 14 Jun 2007 13:44:01 PDT

"The triangular foss, helix, anti-helix, tragus and anti-tragus are names of the visible external parts of what organ of perception?" asked LeeAnn Baker, University Honors College faculty member. The correct answer is the ear. This is just a taste of the questions contestants in the college version of the High Five Challenge needed to answer.

Sex trafficking, politics, talked about in women's forum

Wed, 16 May 2007 15:24:16 PDT

The students of the Honors Activities and Advisory Committee held a forum in the MU about Women in Politics Internationally. They covered topics ranging from sex trafficking and mail order brides, to women's issues in developing nations, and their roles in non-governmental organizations.

Local bee population not crashing

Wed, 16 May 2007 15:22:52 PDT

There have recently been dozens of reports of disappearing bees across the country, but bee experts here assure people that Oregon's pollinator populations are fine. OSU's emeritus entomologist and popular Honors College professor Mike Burgett said what's being called Colony Collapse Disorder is likely a combination of poor bee management, bad weather and a resurgence of mites and parasites.

Honors undergraduates do research

Wed, 16 May 2007 15:17:28 PDT

Kevin Ahern, an Honors College professor and director of the OSU summer undergraduate research program, has inspired students to do compelling research as undergraduates. Leading his group this summer were University Honors College students Gautam Mankaney and Tari Tan, who were selected as the grand prize winners of this year's undergraduate research symposium.

Slow but reasonably sure: Burned forest lands regenerate naturally

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 14:22:28 PDT

A new study of forest lands that burned in the 1990s in northern California and southwestern Oregon has concluded there is a "fair to excellent" chance that an adequate level of conifers will regenerate naturally in sites that had no manual planting or other forest management. Daniel Irvine, an OSU environmental science student, worked on the project in the Klamath National Forest in northern California in 2006.

Medical pioneer

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 14:20:43 PDT

University Honors College student Erin Rieke has conducted much of her research in Christine Kelly's chemical engineering lab. The bioengineering senior from Tualatin, Ore., has been doing extraordinary things for an undergraduate: culturing breast cancer cells, exposing them to controlled doses of radiation, learning how to make nanoparticles that can circulate in the body. She loves research, but the goal for this pre-med student is to become a doctor.

Globetrotting student has international impact

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 14:18:46 PDT

Kelsey Edwardsen, a senior in civil engineering and Spanish at OSU, is using her engineering education and background in Latin American culture to improve rural villages' access to potable water and the structural integrity of buildings in Central America. She is coupling the International Degree with her honors degree in engineering and Spanish.

Students stay involved in UHC

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 12:55:12 PDT

The University Honors College offers a variety of ways for students to be active and gain social and leadership skills.

UHC alums: Keep the college up to date

Fri, 16 Feb 2007 10:58:37 PST

If you graduated from the UHC, the college would like to know what you're doing now. Update your information online.

Honors College student has international impact

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 13:32:04 PST

(image) Kelsey Edwardsen, a rock climber and Honors College student in civil engineering and Spanish, is using her engineering education and background in Latin American culture to improve life in Central America, from cleaner water to stronger buildings.

Honors College students keep busy with activities

Wed, 17 Jan 2007 14:02:28 PST

Whether it's the activity committee, student newspaper, governing council or student recruiting, Honors students are engaged in activities at OSU.

Thinking about the Honors College? Apply soon

Mon, 18 Dec 2006 14:59:07 PST

Feb. 1 is the final deadline to apply for fall 2007 admission to the University Honors College. Get your application ready.

Gymnast says life's a balancing act

Fri, 17 Nov 2006 11:02:22 PST

"Don't be afraid of a challenge. Take a chance. Work hard. If you fail, at least you know you've put your full effort into it. Have no regrets!" These are life lessons learned and lived by Christa Piazza, an OSU scholar-athlete now bound for the doctor of physical therapy program at the University of Northern Arizona. A competitor since six, Christa graduated from the University Honors College with a degree in exercise and sport science.

New Web site offers better access to information

Wed, 18 Oct 2006 10:30:58 PDT

The University Honors College has introduced a new Web site, offering a new look, more information and easier access to resources.

Honors College students benefit from research grants

Fri, 15 Sep 2006 09:13:50 PDT

Several UHC spring 2006 graduates completed their required research projects with help from Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity grants from the OSU Research Office.

Honors student looks at genetically modified crops

Fri, 18 Aug 2006 08:16:02 PDT

Ashley McDonough examined one of the most controversial agricultural issues in recent decades in her University Honors College thesis.

Bird savvy helps student get prestigious scholarship

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 11:42:25 PDT

Noah Stricker an OSU sophomore from Creswell, is one of 80 students nationwide to earn a $5,000 Morris K. Udall undergraduate scholarship for environmental stewardship.

Honors College offers perks for students

Tue, 18 Jul 2006 10:56:31 PDT

Free pencils, free candy, and graduate status when checking books out of the library are a few of the perks that go with being a University Honors College student at OSU.

UHC theses cover a range of topics

Fri, 16 Jun 2006 10:31:34 PDT

Water quality, housing, domestic violence and more. UHC students study just about anything in their thesis research.

Events fill the year for UHC students

Wed, 17 May 2006 14:43:05 PDT

A variety of activities, ranging from a fall camping trip to a spring barbecue help give the UHC its family atmosphere.

UHC student working with national lab to avoid "Armageddon" event

Wed, 12 Apr 2006 15:05:21 PDT

Scientists are constantly looking at the threat to Earth posed by asteroids and other objects, and J.C. Sanders, a UHC senior, is working with the Lawrence Livermore Lab on preventing a catastrophic collision.

Two UHC students honored by NASA Robotics Program

Thu, 16 Mar 2006 15:41:18 PST

UHC students Melissa Jensen-Morgan of Albany and Christopher Edmonds of Philomath were among four students nationally honored for their achievements during the 10-week NASA Robotics Program at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

Check out The Chronicle

Thu, 16 Feb 2006 08:39:56 PST

University Honors College students put out their award-winning newsletter for the community twice a year.

University Honors College celebrates 10 years

Wed, 18 Jan 2006 09:40:14 PST

The Honors College is continuing its track record of preparing outstanding students for graduate and professional schools. Check out what's happening in the UHC.

Honors Graduate co-edits history book

Wed, 14 Dec 2005 08:06:02 PST

Using work she developed as a University Honors College undergraduate, Laura Ferguson has contributed and edited a chapter of a new history book: "Early American Abolitionists: A Collection of Anti-Slavery Writings 1760-1820."