Office Phone: 541-737-6422
Oregon State University offers a full range of precollege programs designed to open the pathways to higher education though academic opportunities. We offer programming for every level of student and for educators. Please contact each program directly or for general questions, e-mail or use the web form.
The Office of Precollege Programs is housed under the division of Student Affairs in Enrollment Management, as seen in our organizational chart, with generous support from the College of Engineering.
Precollege Programs Staff
Executive Director: Dr. Skip Rochefort, Chemical Engineering Department
Skip Rochefort is currently an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Director of OSU and COE Precollege Programs at Oregon State University. His research interest for the last 30 years has been in all areas of Polymer Engineering and Science, and for the last 15 years, Engineering Education. His passion is K-12 outreach for the recruitment and retention of women and minorities into engineering, with the current focus on introducing engineering science at the middle school and high school levels. He has been active in the Saturday Academy ASE program (19 student interns), and as founder and director of the Summer Experience in Science and Engineering for Youth program, which has served over 450 high school students since summer 1997.
Director: Dr. Kyle Cole
Kyle Cole received his Ph.D. from Yale University and his Bachelor’s degree in biology from UC Santa Cruz. He has worked in youth outreach for five years and previously taught courses in organic chemistry, evolutionary biology, the origin of life and nanotechnology at Stanford University and Santa Clara University. Prior to coming to OSU, Kyle worked as the Associate Director of an NSF-funded research center at Stanford and lead a research group at the biotech company Affymetrix.
Coordinator: Emily Nicholson
Emily Nicholson, originally from Northern California, graduated from Oregon State University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Education and Zoology and has been involved with youth programming since she was young. She has experience with 4-H, YMCA, STEM Academy as well as informal youth science outreach through Sigma Delta Omega, Oregon State’s Academic Science sorority. She is excited to be working with PreCollege Programs at OSU to open students’ eyes to the possibilities around them.
Office Coordinator: Joan Stempniak
Joan Stempniak comes to Precollege Programs with extensive non-profit management experience and as a seasoned support professional in the field of college access and public school reform. Joan obtained her BA in Psychology in 2007 from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with an emphasis on business and volunteer management. In addition to her duties at OSU Joan enjoys connecting with youth as a volunteer in the art room at the Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis.