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  • PROMISE Internship Program

    Posted July 26th, 2012 by staff

    OSU’s Precollege Programs is lucky to participate in the PROMISE internship program. PROMISE stands for Professional and Managerial Internships in State Employment and pairs OSU juniors and seniors with paid work experience at a variety of state and local government agencies. The program, which is operated out of the OSU Office of Equity and Inclusion, lasts for 10 weeks each summer, and many of its participants are from historically underrepresented groups. Learn more about the PROMISE program and our intern Kas’ experience on Life@OSU.

    Kasra Asizian, right, Ralen Jones, center, and Sophie Wilson, left, help clear weeds in the SAGE community garden as part of a community service project. Photo: Theresa Hogue

    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