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Principal Investigators of the Month June 2005

Eda Davis-Butts and SueAnn Bottoms

OSU Science and Math Investigative

Learning (SMILE) Program




Family Math and Science Night

Family Math & Science Night


Photo of KC-135

Elementary Outdoor Science

Adventure Participants Study

Forest Life

Photo of State Fair exhibit

A High School SMILE Student

Examines Samples of

Mold Spores

Previous Honorees:

December 2004

January 2005

March 2005

May 2005


About Program Personnel:

Eda Davis-Butts, as SMILE Director, and SueAnn Bottoms, as associate Director, have continually demonstrated a committment to their students and program, as well as interacting positively with OPAA personnel and providing exemplary, proactive leadership as principal investigators. Program accountant Donita Ethridge deserves acknowledgement, as well, for her compentent financial managment of the program.

About SMILE:

The SMILE Program is a partnership between Oregon State University and 13 Oregon school districts -- mostly rural -- to provide science and math enrichment for underrepresented and other educationally underserved students in grades 4-12. The work that Eda Davis-Butts and Sue Ann Bottoms do on behalf of SMILE is an effort to increase the number of educationally underserved students who graduate from high school qualified to enroll in college and pursue careers related to science, math, health, engineering, and teaching.

Functioning as a means of taking students from 4th to 12th grade and ultimately into post-secondary education, SMILE conducts a year-round schedule of activities designed to provide hands-on science experience, strengthen students' knowledge, and raise students' academic and career aspirations. OSU research faculty, graduate students, and SMILE's professional staff provide scientific and pedagogic expertise, access to equipment, mentoring, professional development for teachers, and administrative support; the schools provide energetic students and dedicated teachers.

SMILE Clubs meet weekly throughout the school year for enrichment math and science activities designed to build a cohort of interested in and excited abouting going to college. Each club accommodates about 20 students and is facilitated by two of the school’s teachers. Clubs also take regional field trips and attend the SMILE Program’s annual college-connection events.

At an outdoor science camp experience, elementary students learn to do field-based scientific research. A variety of activities teach them to use scientific tools to collect data, to evaluate data, and to choose tools and methods to use at their final project study site. They use these skills to gather information and present the results of their work to the group.

Accolades from Former OSU President Paul Risser:

"I have personally attended SMILE Challenge Weekends (which bring middle and high school students to the OSU campus) and I am impressed with the quality of the young SMILE students and with the dedication of the many OSU faculty and students who help make the program successful. Increasing minority participation in the sciences is a pressing national need, and Oregon State University is firmly committed to meeting that need. SMILE is a major part of our effort, and has the full support of the university."

Congratulations to all the SMILE staff on the accomplishments of this program and thank you for the contributions it brings to the university

and to the community!