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  • Outside the Box Summer 2012

    Posted July 23rd, 2012 by staff

    The Talented and Gifted Programs (TAG) at OSU just completed their two-week day camp experiences. One of the programs, Outside the Box was featured in the Gazette Times.

    Check out the article here:

    Apply to be a Campus Field Trip Leader!

    Posted May 21st, 2012 by staff

    Do you like working with kids? Want a job on campus? Apply to be a Campus Field Trip Leader!

    Job Description: Student will lead K-12 students during their sponsored field trips to OSU, provide campus tours and work with the Precollege Programs Coordinator to organize activities for the groups. Schedule permitting assistance with the actual visit to OSU will be required.  When there are no groups, the student will do light office work assisting the Office of Precollege Programs and other youth outreach programs.

    Duties and responsibilities include:

    • Providing campus tours to visiting school and community groups, escorting groups to activities/presentations and answering applicable questions.
    • Acting as an ambassador and representative for both OSU and Precollege Programs.
    • Working in the office, creating information packets for groups, assisting with advertising opportunities, helping with mailings and other organizational tasks.
    • Assisting other precollege programs at events and in the office.
    • Being flexible to do a variety of tasks that may arise, with a schedule that might change week-to-week.

    Job Qualifications: Must have experience working with youth, especially middle school students, and have demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to lead large groups.  Students should be able to effectively communicate with K-12 students, as well as teachers and faculty.  Should be self-directed and motivated individuals who are able to adapt to changing circumstances.  The job also requires extensive walking, familiarity with campus, and a flexible schedule.  Spanish language skills are a plus.

    Department: Precollege Programs – Supervisor: Katie Neiert – Dates: Academic Year 2012-13

    Please email cover letter describing why you are interested in and qualified for this position. Also attach resume with 2-3 professional references and an unofficial transcript. If chosen for an interview, you will be required to submit your fall class schedule.

    Email all materials to by Friday, June 8th.

    Discovering the Scientist Within at OSU

    Posted February 20th, 2012 by staff

    120 middle school girls plus their parents were at OSU on Saturday for the annual “Discovering the Scientist Within” program put on by a collaborative group across campus and the community.  The event is designed to foster teenage girls interest in science and engineering in addition to connecting with parents about ways to continue encouraging their daughters in these fields. Attendees came from all over the state; check out coverage from Corvallis’ Gazette-Times.

    OSU Awarded College Access Challenge Grant (CACG)

    Posted November 16th, 2011 by staff

    Oregon State University awarded $64,583 grant to increase college access

    Contact:   Di Saunders, Oregon University System – Office: 503-725-5714

    Source:    Adrienne Enriquez, CACG Program Manager – Office: 503-725-2914

    Portland, OR, November 11, 2011 – The State of Oregon announced that it has awarded a $64,583 grant to the Oregon State University (OSU)’s College Access Initiative through the Office of Precollege Programs that offer a wide range of college access and academic enrichment opportunities for Oregon’s youth. Funded through a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education received by Oregon in August, this award is part of the College Access Challenge Grant (CACG) program that awarded grants to 20 pre-college preparation programs across the state for a total of $915,000 in support.

    The College Access Initiative project will expand the capacity of six key outreach programs at Oregon State University that form a continuous pipeline between elementary school and college. These programs represent a broad range of topics, formats, and student opportunities, including afterschool clubs (SMILE and AWSEM), day camps (Saturday Academy and Outside the Box), summer residential camps (SESEY), and school field trips (Campus Field Trips). Together these programs will provide college access programming to over 1,000 additional students from low-income, first-generation, and underserved minority backgrounds.

    “This grant will significantly increase the capacity of our programs, allowing more students to participate,” said Kate Peterson, assistant provost of enrollment management at Oregon State University. “These programs have a high impact on students because they are fun, exciting, challenging learning experiences coupled with information on preparing for college, applying for scholarships and financial aid, and where to get answers and assurance that there are caring individuals ready to support their success.”

    Precollege programs at OSU serve elementary, middle and high school students across the state through partnerships with local school districts, GEAR UP schools, TRiO programs, 4-H International Programs, and Boys & Girls Clubs. Besides the $64,583 provided by the grant, Oregon State University will be providing an additional $53,450 in matching funds to run the program.

    Stephanie Carnahan, director of college access programs for the Oregon University System, said, “There is a great need in Oregon for pre-college programs that help students and families understand how to access college in a comprehensive way, from academic preparation to understanding how financial aid works. OSU’s College Access Initiative is a great example of the type of support that all Oregon students need in order to ensure that they can access college and be academically and otherwise prepared to succeed in their education and career goals.”

    The College Access Challenge Grant Program (CACG) is a formula grant program that is designed to foster partnerships among Federal, State and local government entities and philanthropic organizations to significantly increase the number of underrepresented students who enter and remain in postsecondary education. CACG provides grants to States to meet the needs of underrepresented students and families. In Oregon, all education sectors and the Governor’s Office are involved in the CACG, and the Oregon University System is the fiscal agent for the grant.


    GEAR UP Health Sciences Camp Video

    Posted August 30th, 2011 by staff

    The GEAR UP Health Sciences camp took place on OSU’s campus in late June 2011. The camp was a success and students had a great time- check out the Oregon GEAR UP: Health Sciences Camp YouTube video created by OUS GEAR UP staff to see what it was all about!



    Creativity at a Whole New Level (Gazette Times)

    Posted July 22nd, 2011 by staff


    Adventures in Learning is not just another summer program. AIL combines stimulating academic and social opportunities in a fun-filled 10-day experience that exposes participants to exciting and sophisticated areas of interest not usually found during the regular school year. AIL is designed for gifted, talented, and high-ability learners who have completed grades 5 or 6 and are intersted in fast-paced, challenging opportunites.

    The Corvallis Gazette Times met with AIL students yesterday on OSU’s campus. Follow this link to read the story!


    Outside the Box on KEZI-TV

    Posted July 19th, 2011 by staff

    There are many exciting programs happening on the OSU campus this summer for K-12 youth!

    Please take a moment to learn about Outside the Box, featured on KEZI news yesterday evening:

    Volunteer with Kids Awarded Women’s Giving Circle Funding

    Posted June 8th, 2011 by staff

    Volunteer with Kids has been awarded $10,427 from the OSU Women’s Giving Circle to continue their work in to the 2011-12 school year!

    Volunteer With Kids is a partnership of precollege programs that are working together to equip and connect students at Oregon State University with volunteer and paid opportunities to work with youth. Experiences with youth can help university students develop skills that are applicable to any job, including leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving,professionalism, and communication.

    In order to facilitate this process, there is a dedicated website and e-mail newsletter to inform students about volunteer opportunities. Additionally, in order to help students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work with youth, there will be a series of 1-hour workshops that students can take over the course of the year, culminating in an exciting and exhilarating experience with the Challenge Ropes Course at OSU.

    By participating in these workshops, and completing 5 hours of volunteer time with youth, students will receive a Volunteering With Youth certificate that can be highlighted in resumes, cover-letters, and job interviews.

    To find more information about Volunteer with Kids, please visit or contact Precollege Programs Coordinator, Katie Neiert at



    Summer Science Workshops for K-12 Educators

    Posted June 2nd, 2011 by staff

    The Scientists and Teachers in Education Partnerships Program (STEPs) at OSU will be offering free science workshops for K-12 educators on astronomy (Aug. 2-3), water sustainability (Aug. 15-17), and biotechnology (Au. 22-23). Information or contact Kari van Zee at 541-737-4517

    The STEPs program is a K-12 science outreach program at Oregon State University which is funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Its mission is to support and improve science, math, health, and engineering education for K-12 teachers and students throughout the state of Oregon. To find out more, please visit

    COSEY Camps & Programs Inspire and Engage Students

    Posted May 27th, 2011 by staff

    With the help of a grant from the Oregon Engineering and Technology Industry Council, Oregon State University’s Center for Outreach in Science and Engineering for Youth (COSEY) will provide summer camps infused with science & engineering curriculum. Local camps serving 5th -8th graders will include newly developed programming with a theme of sustainability, in an effort to prepare and inspire more students to enter exciting science and engineering fields. Students and families interested in benefiting from these exciting camps can contact India Sloat, COSEY Coordinator, at or (541) 737-5231.

    COSEY has developed a library of project-based activity kits with a sustainability theme (solar cell cars, wind power, oil spill clean-up, electricity generation and more) that will be used to engage 5th-8th grade students in multi-day summer camps to be held in communities throughout Oregon this summer. The outreach program is partnering with Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H programs, Oregon GEAR UP programs, and other extracurricular and summer camp organizations to expand opportunities in science and engineering education to diverse students across the state, focusing on programs with a track record for serving rural and underserved students.

    Through this partnership, trained college student instructors are delivering summer camps over the course of two summers, and will reach approximately 700 students. The activity kits are rich with possibilities, including a mock oil spill activity in which students test substances that can remove oil from water, a homemade solar panel lesson in which student use titanium dioxide and berry juice to generate an electrical current, a computer design lesson in which students use innovative software to create a “green” dream home, and much more. The activity kits developed in this project will also serve as valuable long-term resources for out-of-school programs and educators who can borrow them through the COSEY lending library.

    This project is a collaborative effort between youth outreach organizations at OSU, Boys and Girls Clubs in Corvallis and Salem, and 4-H International Summer Camps. The OSU organizations are: the Center for Outreach in Science and Engineering for Youth (COSEY) within the Office of Precollege Programs, the Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory and Saturday Academy. A camp schedule is below and more information about COSEY can be found on the OSU Precollege Programs website:

    • Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis- June 21-23
    • OSU Engineering Camp- June 28-30
    • Sweet Home Junior High – July 5-8
    • La Pine Middle School- July 12-14
    • Boys and Girls Club of Salem Wipper Teen Center – July 19-21
    • North Marion Middle School – Aug 2-4
    • 4-H Latino Summer Camp, Salem – Aug 9-11
    • Coffenberry Middle School, South Umpqua – Aug 16th-18th

    The Oregon University System (OUS) and the Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC) awarded OSU’s COSEY a $99,619 grant in 2009 for the two-year program, as part of their “Bright Future” grants aimed to increase pre-college engineering initiatives and programs for K-12 students. These grants are one component of ETIC’s goal to increase engineering and computer science graduates in order to meet state and industry needs for a highly-skilled, globally competitive workforce in Oregon.

    Bruce Schafer, executive director of ETIC says, “We are very excited to support expanded hands-on activities for students in pre-engineering across the state this summer. Oregon’s industries need future innovators in science and engineering.  Exposing talented young people to the real-world applications in science can open their eyes to the fun, relevance, and many opportunities in science careers.”