Academic Affairs Education News

Congratulations to Stephanie Ramos,
Associate Director of URSA and the

2022 recipient of the  Harriet “Hattie” Redmond Award.

During the 2022 Breaking Barriers celebration organized by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID), the Office of the Provost, and OSU Athletics, Stephanie Ramos, URSA Associate Director was the recipient of the cherished Harriet "Hattie" Redmond Award. The celebration recognizes the accomplishments and impact of those who have worked to advance gender equity at OSU and celebrates the influential contributions made to our community.

The Harriet "Hattie" Redmond award celebrates a member of the OSU community who works as an agent of change in service of racial justice and gender equity. We celebrate Stephanie for her passion and dedication as the Associate Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts. Stephanie manages the largest undergraduate research program at OSU, URSA Engage, which connects early-career students (first-year, second-year students, and transfer students in their first year) with dedicated faculty mentors. The URSA program provides experiences promoting student engagement in ways that traditional classroom instruction cannot. Faculty mentors help students build confidence, develop problem-solving skills, refine career interests, and facilitate important connections for graduate school or employment after graduation.

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Focusing on research full time helps BioHealth Science student get to the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’

Read about Haelyn Epp’s journey and the support she found in the STEM Leaders program.


New article by OAA faculty member

In a recent study published in the Journal of Leadership Education, Haddad, Pierszalowski, and Velez (2020) found the most significant predictor of post-college leadership efficacy was pre-college leadership efficacy. Results from this study challenge us to consider how we can encourage students with low pre-college leadership efficacy to participate in leadership education and training programs that effectively develop efficacy during the college experience.

OSU faculty granted ARIS Fellowship Award

Congratulations to Sophie Pierszalowski, Thaddaeus Buser, and Susan Rowe on being ARIS 2020 Fellowship Award Recipients!

Sophie Pierszalowski, PhD and Thaddaeus Buser, PhD Candidate will be working on the project "Mentoring the next generation: A roadmap for using undergraduate research to broaden participation and impact in STEM." This project will present best practices for undergraduate research experiences that are known to promote inclusion in STEM in order to help scientists formulate more effective broader impacts. Read more about the 2020 Fellows and their projects.


STEM Leaders Program recognized as a Program to Watch

The STEM Leaders Program has been recognized by Excelencia in Education as a Program to Watch for 2020. Since 2018, Excelencia  staff has identified innovative and/or up-and-coming programs that are making a positive impact on the success of their Latino students as Programs to Watch. Learn more about the STEM Leaders Program.

OSU student in the news as a first-time voter

August 18, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment being ratified, granting women the right to vote in the United States. Denisse Alvarado, OSU sophomore, was featured among five young women who will be voting for the first time in the 2020 election.


Stats department counts the ways instructor saves the day

With years of experience in online education, Katie Jager knew she was well positioned for Oregon State’s transition to remote instruction in the face of COVID-19. But she also knew that around 95% of the 20-person statistics faculty was somewhat less ready. So she jumped in to help. Visit Beaver Nation's Unsung Heroes to read about OSU employees and students who are going above and beyond to assist with the pandemic response.

Webinar: Trends in Oregon Latinx Students:

The Office of Undergraduate Education hosted a webinar entitled, “Trends in Oregon Latinx students,”on October 14th, 2020. In this talk, Manuel Vazquez, Senior Researcher at Education Northwest, summarized trends in Latinx enrollment at Oregon K-12 public schools, postsecondary enrollment of Latinx high school graduates (including enrollment trends at OSU), and described the characteristics of Latinx high school graduates who have enrolled at OSU in the past three years. The discussion was led by Daniel López-Cevallos, Assistant Vice Provost of Academic Enrichment Programs. Learn more about the report and presentation here.

Office of URSA virtual symposium highlighted in SPUR

The Office of URSA's vignette has been published in CUR’s scholarly journal, Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research (fall 2020 issue). The piece, "Developing a Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium in Response to COVID-19 Disruptions: Building a Canvas-Based Shared Platform and Pondering Lessons Learned" was written in collaboration by Sophie Pierszalowski, Daniel López-Cevallos, Bethany Ulman, and Greg Heinonen. More information about the published vignette can be found here.