(This post is the fourth in a series of articles about specific academic programs at OSU. Click this link to be mailed information about the marine biology program.)
Oregon State offers some unique opportunities through its marine biology program, the biggest draw being the work done at the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Oregon coast.
Nick Ehlers had the opportunity to do research in a wide range of places as an Oregon State University undergraduate student majoring in biology.
With funding from OSU’s International Undergraduate Research Program, Nick traveled to Panama and the Bahamas to work as a research assistant alongside OSU faculty members Bruce Menge and Mark Hixon. “Both were such amazing experiences,” Nick says. “It was a classroom with no walls and everything and everybody was my professor.”
Then, as part of the marine biology program, Nick had the opportunity to live on-site at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon. The 10-week marine biology class offers students field and laboratory experiences with a variety of instructors, including Sally Hacker, associate professor of zoology, pictured with him above. “This (marine biology) program was one of the reasons that I chose Oregon State,” Nick says.
“The best class I have ever taken in college was the one with no walls, outside of my home country, and everything/everybody were my professors.”
For the coming year, Nick has accepted a job as a science instructor at the Ocean Institute at Dana Point, California. “This will combine my love of science, research, and education,” he says.
“The three highlights of my college career have been my research, my fraternity, and my involvement in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program,” Nick says.