OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Summer undergraduate research program hosts largest class

06/10/2011

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program has enrolled 60 students, the largest class in its 13 years.

With support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, scientists in microbiology, bioengineering, fisheries, chemistry and other fields will host students from Oregon and other states for 11 weeks, starting in late June and culminating in a public symposium Sept. 19-20.

Participating students work with professors at OSU, the University of Washington, University of Montana and Montana State University, but students do not need prior research experience.

“About half of the students in the program each year have never had research experience,” said Kevin Ahern, program director. “Our program is aimed at helping students to decide if a research career is right for them or not.”

By the end of summer, 530 students will have participated in the program. OSU has long recognized the unique educational value of an individual research experience, officials say. The Howard Hughes grant substantially increases the number of students who are able to participate in an intense, full-time research experience with other students and a faculty mentor.

Among the participants in this year’s program are:

 

Beaverton

Daravuth Cheam, Boya Fang, Kenneth Huang, and Connie Lee

 

Bend

Justin Biel and Bailey Lindenmaier

 

Central Point

Emily Olsen

 

Corvallis

Samuel Bartlett, Shannon Cahill-Weisser, Sean McIntyre, Brenda Niu, Minhazur Sarker, Connie Shen, and Adam Zweber

 

Elmira

Michael Power

 

Eugene

Jacki Coburn and Oresta Tolmach

 

Hillsboro

Kelsey Drewry

 

John Day

Marilyn “Jeanie” Allen

 

Junction City

Tiffany Harper

 

Lake Oswego

Amira Barkal, Allexis Dispenza, and Valerie Mullen

 

Medford

Rudd Johnson

 

Milwaukie

Nicholas Classen

 

Monmouth

Cameron Glasscock

 

Newport

Perry Kanury

 

Oregon City

Scott Belozer

 

Pendleton

Shannon Goff and Elizabeth Murray

 

Portland

Kyle Ireton, Grace Judd, Monica Kolinska, Paulina Nguyen, Phuong Pham, Natalie Rogers, Lauren Shin, Charlie Ta, Mitchell Truong, Davis Weymann, and Justin Zhang

 

Roseburg

Ana Brar

 

Salem

Andres Alvarez, Casey Kernan, Thi Nguyen, and Margo Roemeling

 

Sherwood

Nicholas Pihl

 

Tigard

Sarah Layoun

 

Tillamook

Bonnie Buckingham

 

West Linn

Sarah Brown

 

Woodburn

Sara Fassio