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Edtech-inspired physics and mathematics senior lands a spot at top-tier university

A long time ago in a galaxy not so far away — in Lake Oswego, Oregon — Joey Takach ordered a bunch of soundboards, accelerometers and other metal parts online.

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Turning a talent for numbers into a career in finance

Ryan Holzschuh liked math as a teenager. He was even one of the top mathematics students at Cleveland High School in inner southeast Portland and took a year's worth of college-level math classes during his senior year in 2022. However, it took going to Oregon State University for Holzschuh to truly fall in love with numbers.

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Mathematics senior finds effective teaching strategies on her path to a graduate degree

Even though 1+2 will always be equal to 3, Madison Collins strives to teach math differently so that students can learn better and discover something new along the way.

Kimberly Truong

College of Science student selected as Goldwater Scholar

A third-year mathematics student has been named a 2023 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

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Celebrating excellence in teaching and advising: 2023 College of Science Awards

The College of Science gathered on Feb. 22 to recognize and celebrate our high-achieving faculty and staff at the 2023 Combined Awards Ceremony. The evening celebrates the best in the college, from excellence in teaching and advising, service and administration to inclusive excellence, to outstanding achievements in research. During the teaching, advising and mentoring portion of the evening, many of the awards were determined based on student nominations.

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Graduate students

GEM Fellowship allows parent Ph.D. student space to thrive

Wanting to spend more time with his partner and one-year-old son, Angulo Barba applied for the Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) Fellowship, a national program that promotes the participation of underrepresented groups in post-graduate science and engineering education and the technical workforce.

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How undergraduate research drives student success at OSU

Oregon State funds more high-impact undergraduate research experiences than any other university in the state.

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The Class of 2021 succeeds against all odds

The College of Science will graduate 670 undergraduate students with baccalaureate degrees in 2020-21, including 68 Honors graduates.

Goldwater Scholarship
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Faculty and Staff

Mathematics professor receives Google award to improve K-12 computer science education in Oregon

Mathematician is part of a $141K, one-year grant from Google to enhance and increase integration between computer science education and mathematics teacher education.

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Using mathematical biology to explore everything from ecological phenomenon to cancer cells

Mathematics senior Rachel Sousa found her passion in mathematical biology, motivated to work harder and break barriers in the notoriously male-dominated field.

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Mathematics graduate student's leadership, innovative teaching, outreach and research garners awards

Mathematics graduate students are taking the lead in transforming undergraduate teaching and expanding math outreach activities.

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Mathematics at the 2019 Undergraduate Student Success Summit

The Department of Mathematics made several contributions to the 2019 Undergraduate Student Success Summit.

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Planned gift by alumnus will establish first endowed professorship in mathematics

A passionate proponent of STEM learning, Thomas Cavaiani’s (’71, ’89) generous gift to the mathematics department will move the dial on research and teaching.

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Faculty and Staff

Helping students succeed in mathematics

As the newly appointed coordinator of the Math and Statistics Learning Center, Wendy Rose Aaron will enhance the tools provided to mathematics students campus wide.

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Communicating math through aerial acrobatics

Mathematics alumna Nancy Scherich (M.S., ’13) has bridged the worlds of art and math to great acclaim.

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Nearly 40 students win 2018 SURE Science awards

The College of Science awarded 38 SURE Science awards of $5,500 to each student to conduct summer research in 2018.

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Student Success

New faculty-student mentor program to raise retention and graduation rates

OSU has launched a new mentoring program to strengthen faculty and students relationships, with the goal of improving student retention and graduation rates.

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Faculty and Staff

Mathematician garners global recognition for her work in undergraduate education

Mathematician Elise Lockwood receives the John and Annie Selden Prize for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education from the Mathematical Association of America.

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Student Success

Science faculty receive $1 million to increase inclusivity and success of diverse students

Science faculty awarded prestigious HHMI grant to develop culturally inclusive pedagogies in STEM programs.

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The triple crown of science: Graduating with degrees in math, physics and nuclear engineering

Math, physics and nuclear engineering senior Jesse Rodriguez isn’t your average student by most measures. A transfer student, Rodriguez enjoyed an incredible and wide-ranging learning experience where his classes in the different subjects led him to many wonderful insights about the deeper connections among his majors, and ultimately to a more solid understanding of science itself. He was one of just 26 students in 2018 to earn a prestigious Department of Energy fellowship that will pay for his Ph.D. at Stanford University to study plasma physics.

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Winning at baseball with math and statistics

Math senior and baseball analytics expert Morgan Pearson was given job offers by two Major League Baseball teams—Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.

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Online Environmental Sciences program ranked No.2 in country

Oregon State’s online and on campus environmental sciences bachelor program is setting high standards for excellence.

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Transforming college algebra

Through a modernized pedagogy, mathematics instructors are pioneering ways to transform college algebra at Oregon State.

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Alumni and Friends

A career in math followed by philanthropy

After graduating with a degree in mathematics, Judy Faucett (B.S.'70) enjoyed a successful career as an actuary in some of the country's top firms.

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Graduate students

Ph.D. students awarded ARCS Foundation scholarships

The College of Science is delighted to have two doctoral students among the 24 young scientists and engineers selected as 2017 ARCS Foundation Oregon scholars.

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Getting your career plans in shape: A Saturday bootcamp

The Career Development Advanced Career Bootcamp for science students will take place on Saturday, October 28.

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Student Success

Science students awarded second highest number of scholarships at OSU

Science students receive second highest number of scholarships at OSU totaling more than $7.5 million, more than triple the amount awarded in 2015.

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Prestigious awards and research internships for math and physics students

Mathematics and physics undergraduate students win awards, participate in research internships in top national labs.

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A summer of mathematical research

Ten students from institutions across the country have gathered for the prestigious Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in Mathematics.

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2017 Oregon Invitational Math Tournament hosted on campus

Young mathematicians from across the state participated in the 37th Annual Oregon Invitational Math Tournament (OIMT) at OSU.

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Student Success

The Class of 2017

The College graduated a record 629 students with baccalaureate degrees, 64 master's and 66 doctoral students in 2016-17.

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Mathematician Dan Rockwell's passion for teaching hooks students

Mathematics instructor Daniel Rockwell is featured in a new series highlighting successful teaching on campus.

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Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence in Science

Thirty-four science majors presented their research at the Celebrating Undergraduate Excellence event sponsored by the Division of Undergraduate Studies.

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Two childhood friends share a love of science and now Goldwater awards

Two science students have received Goldwater Scholarships for 2017, the top undergraduate award in the country for sophomores and juniors in STEM fields.