OSU’s annual Celebrating Undergraduate Excellent event recognizing the outstanding contributions of OSU’s undergraduate researchers will be held on May 14 beginning at 11:00 in the new MU Plaza between the MU and the Student Experience Center.  This event, which is open to students in all majors, provides students with an opportunity to present posters of their work to the OSU community and can be used to satisfy the public presentation requirement for Transcript Notation.

The deadline for applications for CUE has been extended to April 28 at 5:00 p.m.  For more information, please see http://communications.oregonstate.edu/events/cue or send email to Kevin Ahern at ahernk@onid.orst.edu

Please note that all students nominated for Undergraduate Researcher of the Year are required to participate in CUE to be eligible for the award.

Name: Mike Lerner

Area of Study / Position Title: Inorganic/Materials Chemistry, Professor

Why chemistry? (What about it initially interested you?): It was some courses I took in my first year at college. Freshman majors didn’t take general chemistry, instead I had one term each of biochemistry and crystallography. I was fascinated and a bit mystified, and they got me hooked into chemistry.

Research focus (in non-science terms) or basic job duties? I’m looking into new intercalation chemistry reactions, and also at the preparation of new nanocomposites materials. These are interesting lately because they are the electrodes used in lithium-ion and related batteries.

One thing you truly love about your job? One thing I love is discussing results from ongoing research projects. Getting results from new experiments means finding out unknown things about nature, and it really feels like being an explorer.

One interesting/strange factoid about yourself. I worked for Stanley Kaplan (the man himself) for several years during college.

Presenting academic and creative work in a formal setting is a mark of true accomplishment in undergraduate studies. Participants will receive a certificate of presentation, and can include the presentation on resumes, graduate school and scholarship applications.

May 14, 2015
11 a.m.
Memorial Union Plaza

See the list of 2014 participants and recognized projects

Questions you will be asked during registration

Information for presenters

Registration is now open!


•  All OSU undergraduates in all disciplines and fields of study

•  Works in-progress and projects for which students served as a contributing member of a larger faculty-led project are strongly encouraged.

•  Groups of students may present a single, collaborative project (but submit only one application)

•  OSU student projects completed somewhere other than OSU are also eligible.

•  Presentation format: Posters, table-top displays and floor installations

Deadline for applications is April 24, 2015. 
Questions? Contact Joy Jorgensen (Joy.Jorgensen@oregonstate.edu)


Hear from last year’s CUE stars by watching their videos on Media Space:
Trevor Waldien
Stacy Sim
Justin Biel
Ana Brar
Chelsea Black
Alejandra Marquez Loza
Aimee Corliss
     Jade Montgomery

Instruments and Online Interactions in the Sciences (CH 584) is one of the newer online classes offered by the Oregon State University Chemistry Department. This month, we will get to know several of the students who have taken CH 584 in order to advance their education and career goals–

Daniel Sasse took CH 584 in order to complete his certificate of eligibility to teach high school chemistry. He says—

     I have a teaching certificate in biology and general science, and ended up working a temporary position as a high school chemistry teacher for 10 months.  After seeing how hard it is to find openings in the subjects which I am currently certified, I decided to finish my certification in chemistry to open myself to new opportunities. (Soon, I will be)…looking for teaching positions for the coming school year.

Our next Focus student is Brian Tanis, an OSU doctoral student in Integrative Biology. Brian decided to take this class because—

… more universities and students are looking for non-traditional methods for higher education. The course offered a great opportunity to learn about how to best implement science courses, which typically rely on physical laboratories, into a virtual setting without sacrificing any of the information for students. Not only did we cover techniques and tools used within a virtual classroom, but we also covered key concepts in designing courses and the rationale behind developing assignments and activities. This type of knowledge really makes me more marketable to future employers and improves my abilities in the courses I currently teach.

Joann McQuaid, a high school biology teacher with 26 years of experience, took CH 584 in order to qualify as a “highly qualified teacher” in chemistry in her home state of California. She continues—

I have been teaching/education since I graduated college in 1989. I wanted to have two subjects to teach due to the change in the new next gen science standards.

(Taking CH 584) helped me in several ways: I am a single working mom that is taking care of two elderly parents and a teenager in her home. I did not have time to go to classes at night or during the summer. OSU online classes gave me the opportunity to continue to work and take care of my family. My generation wasn’t raised with computers in the classroom however I feel fairly proficient using computer and it was a great fit for me. The learning curve was not challenging and there was always someone to help in less than 24 hours if you needed it. OSU chemistry classes and the CH 584 class were organized in their delivery, syllabus and schedules.

Thank you to these three students for sharing their stories. Watch for a future “Focus on Ecampus” with more information about Brian’s interesting graduate studies.

Lectures by Dr. Rita R. Colwell:
Just because you are a pawn, you do not have to lose the game
Tuesday, April 21st at 3:30 P.M.
Kearney 112
During this event, Dr. Colwell will speak about her experiences as a woman navigating scientific research and administration. This event will include a brief lecture followed by an opportunity to engage in conversation with Dr. Colwell. Please join us for a reception immediately following the lecture. Registration is appreciated: goo.gl/mNUkoK

Oceans, Human Health and Infectious Disease: The Story of a Marine Bacterium, Vibrio cholerae
Tuesday, April 21st at 7 P.M.
LaSells Stewart Center, Construction and Engineering Hall
During the evening lecture, Dr. Colwell will speak about her research on the oceanographic factors that drive cholera epidemcs.

Spring term gathering:
Biological clocks and tenure clocks: Strategies for negotiating work and family lives
A social gathering for pre-tenure STEM faculty
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
4:30 p.m.— 6:00 p.m.

McMenamins on Monroe, 2nd floor
2001 NW Monroe Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97330

Meet other faculty and learn more about strategies for negotiating work and family lives. A short panel discussion will be followed by opportunities for additional conversation and socializing. No-host bar; light refreshments provided. Registration is appreciated: http://goo.gl/pdR9wY

All events are free and open to the public. Contact ADVANCE@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-4108 with questions or accommodation requests related to a disability.

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You and 39 other students will start a technology company over the course of three days. We rent work space for a 3 days, invite 40 students with a wide range of backgrounds, cater food, drinks, snacks, and coffee, pick the best idea for a startup during the Friday brainstorming session, and release a minimal prototype by the end of day 3. The goal is to build enough momentum among a network of motivated people to sustain the company beyond the weekend

REGISTER HERE: http://oregonstate.3daystartup.org/

The Office of Human Resources has partnered with the Ombuds Office, Office of Equity & Inclusion, and Environmental Health & Safety to offer new and current employees an afternoon of essential trainings.  The session follows the morning New Employee Orientation session.  New employees attending the New Employee Orientation are not required to register.  Because space is limited, current employees need to register to attend at:   http://oregonstate.edu/training/ (course:  Essential Trainings; category: Employee Benefits).  April 16, 1 – 4:15 p.m., MU 213.