Greetings OSU Undergraduate Researchers,

The Office of Undergraduate Studies is organizing an Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium (USRS) to be held at OSU on August 30 in LINC 314.

The symposium is open to all OSU undergraduates – those conducting research this summer, and those that have conducted research earlier. The symposium is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to share their research with others. All participants will be eligible for the Research Fellow Transcript Notation.

Two presentation options will be available:
a.      10 minute presentations
b.      3 minute presentations

Questions can be sent to

All participants will need to attend at least one (more, if interested) of the following Practice Sessions to be held 2.00 to 4.00 PM in ALS 4000 on:

August 18
August 19
August 25
August 26

Undergraduates should discuss their interest in participating in the symposium with their research mentor and then send an email by July 29 to with ‘USRS’ indicated in the ‘Subject’, and the following in the body of the email:

Name of Undergraduate Researcher:
Primary Major:
Name of Research Mentor:
Presentation Category: 10 minute or 3 minute presentation
Research Topic (Broadly describe area of research in one sentence):

This information is requested for planning the symposium.



Sujaya Rao, PhD.
Director of Undergraduate Research
Division of Undergraduate Studies
Oregon State University

Location: Baltimore, MD

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland Baltimore County invites applications for a one-year visiting, non-tenure track faculty position in physical and analytical chemistry beginning August 2016. Primary teaching responsibilities will include instruction and oversight of advanced chemistry laboratories. The successful candidate will have a strong background in chemical instrumentation and methodologies with a desire to teach at the undergraduate level. Applicants possessing a Ph.D. in chemistry or related field are preferred; qualified candidates with an M.S. degree and relevant experience will be considered.

Applications should include cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and three letters of recommendation and be sent electronically to

Applications will enter the review process as soon as they are received and consideration of applications will continue until the position is filled.

UMBC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; and applications from women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged.

We are excited to extend an opportunity to our OSU Community to welcome our new residents to Beaver Nation this fall by volunteering with this year’s OSU Move-in. As current OSU students, staff, and faculty, you are a key part of helping our new students feel welcome during this exciting time!

The Fall 2016 Move-in Day is Sunday, September 18. More information about how to sign up to volunteer is provided below. The deadline to sign up to volunteer is Friday, September 2.

Volunteering as an individual – Please fill out this form: This form is for those volunteers who are not volunteering as part of an organization or group.

Volunteering as a group or organization – If your group or organization would like provide volunteers for Move-in, please fill out the following form: This form should be filled out by whomever is organizing the group of volunteers for your organization or group.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Additionally, please feel free to pass this along to any groups with whom you work who might be interested in volunteering.

Thank you for helping welcome the newest members of Beaver Nation!

Brandi Douglas and Melissa Rieth
OSU Move-in Volunteer Coordinators

Our Ecampus students come from every corner of the country. This month we are excited to hear from Floridian Suzy Roebling, a field ecologist and biological scientist who specializes in wading birds. In her narrative below, she describes her life and work in Everglades National Park.

Suzy Roebling

I am a second generation native south Floridian, growing up in the Florida Keys.  My dad was a “‘gladesman,” and an adventurer.  We were always in a boat – either in the Everglades, fishing off shore, or free diving on the coral reef.  You could say that the way we grew up ultimately influenced my career path.

That path was not a straight one.  It was not until years later – after earning an alternative BS degree and working as an administrative assistant in various offices, as a manager of a marine construction business,  and even running a bed and breakfast, that I decided to follow my passion to work close to wildlife in wild places within our spectacular ecosystems.  That time arrived after the volunteering to help with marine mammal, wild bird, and sea turtle rescues, rehabs and releases here in the Keys.  I felt compelled to return to school and become educated in the biological sciences.

It was because of General Chemistry that I “discovered” Oregon State University!  The local community college offered biology courses, but no chemistry.  Another student told me I could take it online there.  Upon investigation, I realized that I could acquire a BS degree online in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, with the three chemistry courses integral to this degree.  I enrolled in this excellent degree program, and am slowly making my way through it – with only eight more courses to go.

Adult Spoonbills
Adult Spoonbills

Volunteer and intern experiences enriched my knowledge and resume, and I am fortunate to be working as a wildlife biologist while finishing up studies for this degree.  I am employed as a field ecologist with Audubon – Everglades Science Center, and as a biological scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.  During this past nesting season (December – May), most days found me out piloting a boat in Florida Bay in Everglades National Park to survey and monitor wading birds – especially roseate spoonbills and reddish egrets – whose populations have been in decline for decades.

To live and work in such beauty and tranquility is an honor.  Every trip is an adventure – many days there are young sharks, and sometimes bow riding dolphins, basking sea turtles, and the occasional crocodile out amongst the islands.

In the fall, I look forward to the third Chemistry course.  I have happily discovered this sequence to be both a challenging and fascinating study, and definitively applicable to the natural world that is my workplace.

Big thanks to Suzy for sharing her story!!

Congratulations to our Spring 2016 Honor Roll students.  We’re so proud of you!

Ibrahim Alanazi
Tanner Aldous
Christopher Bahro
Amberlie Barnard
Sara Sharar
Sergiu Coporan
Dionysius Copoulos
Shannon Davis
Stephen Duda
Blake Erickson
Hanet Ferguson
Eaton Fong
Zachary Fried
Duncan Fuller
Trenton Gallagher
Marissa Gallegos
Kristina Halvorson
John Hergert
Franceska Hinkamp
Jason May
Kayla Naas
James Palmiter
Thu Pham
Kristin Potter
Benjamin Rist
Jason William Sandwisch
Jessica Scotten
Hannah Smith
Karleigh Taylor
Lillian Teadtke
Allison Turner
Daisy Ubaldo-Zurita
William Walls
Theresa Xiong
Xinhui Yu