SMILE Program Turns 20

May 21st, 2008

The Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience (SMILE) program celebrated its 20th birthday today. The SMILE Program is a partnership between Oregon State University and 14 Oregon school districts — mostly rural — to provide science and math enrichment for underrepresented and other educationally underserved students in grades 4-12. Part of OSU’s College of Education, the SMILE program has grown from serving 80 students in four middle schools in 1988 to serving over 700 students and 66 teachers in 35 schools.

A celebration was held in the Memorial Union and was attended by President Ed Ray, SMILE Program Director Eda Davis-Butts, and many other OSU Faculty and Staff. Congratulations to the SMILE crew! Check out this statement on the SMILE Program by President Ray:

We must, as an institution and a nation, make sure we provide the opportunities, education, and means to attain social and economic success for all people commensurate with their abilities.

The SMILE Program provides learning opportunities in the fields of science and math to underrepresented and educationally underserved students. Students from grades 4th to 12th participate in hands-on activities that inspire student success.

As teachers and administrators, we must provide our students with the critical skills they need in these areas. We are especially proud of SMILE’s achievements.

Dr. Edward J. Ray
President, Oregon State University

Also, visit the SMILE program website to find photos on various SMILE events.


3 responses to “SMILE Program Turns 20”

  1. Blake says:

    SMILE was also recognized in 1999 by then President Bill Clinton (from

    “The Science and Math Investigative Learning Experience, or SMILE program at OSU, has received the 1999 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. It was one of only five such awards made to institutions around the nation, and includes a $10,000 grant.”

  2. Liz says:

    Have any of you seen The Pythagorean Puzzle?

    Around the early 70’s professor Jensen from Lake Forest College – Physics Dept. showed an example of phenomenological in his puzzle. I think he should have won the SMILE award for that.

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