The term is almost over, and we want to celebrate with you to get you through the final push. We’re going to make bouncy balls, play games and color, and eat rad snacks!

Do yourself a favor and come hang out with us in the Science Success Center (Kidder 109). While you’re here talk to the Peer Advisors. They’re doing drop-in resume and cover letter help, can give you tips on registering for next term’s classes, or how to get involved in research.

Advisors: Of course YOU’RE INVITED TOO! Should you have time Thursday, come on down to the SSC and hang out with us!

As a reminder, my name is Rachel Creager and I am the coordinator of the Educational Outreach Program at the Defense Forensic Science Center (DFSC). We have you listed in our database as a university contact for undergraduate internship opportunities. I am reaching out to you today to let you know about Research Associate (RA) positions that we have available at DFSC.
Our RA program (see attached flyer) differs from traditional internship programs in that students at our facility participate directly on a research project. Furthermore, our research associate program includes a monthly stipend of up to $3055/month. The research associate candidate requirements are as follows: 3.0+ GPA on a 4.0 scale, pursuing undergraduate degree (or within one year of completion of an undergraduate degree), U.S. citizen, and able to successfully pass a background check.
DFSC is trying to expand the RA program to allow for students to be present, working on research projects, throughout the school year. This can be accomplished through a few options:
1) Students at universities within the Atlanta metro area, allowing them to work around their class schedules.
2) Students within twelve months of completing their undergraduate degree but without beginning a graduate program.
3) Students at universities that allow them to take a semester off from class to participate in an internship.
We are currently looking for 10 students to begin an RA position in late summer or early fall with knowledge in at least one of the following areas: chemistry, biology, computers, programming, comparative sciences, or library sciences. All of these positions will be continuously available in perpetuity, so students are welcome to apply even if they cannot begin the position in the fall. If you have any students that would be good fits for any of these projects, please feel free to give them my contact information and ask them to provide the following:
1) Resume or CV
2) An unofficial copy of your college transcript
3) A write-up of any research experience that you have.
4) A short write-up answering one of the following prompts (page limit: 5 single-spaced pages):
A new GC-MS system has been recently released. Please write a short study plan to validate the new system and compare it to the current GC-MS in use. Parameters for testing include robustness, repeatability, accuracy, precision, sensitivity, true cost of ownership, system requirements, and user friendliness.
Three new NGS kits have recently been released onto the market and DFSC needs to determine which kit would be best to take forward to case work. Please write a short study plan to evaluate the new kits for potential implementation.
A single-step fingerprint processing product has been recently developed. Please write a short study plan to evaluate the new product and compare it to the currently used two-step technique.
Rachel Creager, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Educational Outreach Program Coordinator Office of the Chief Scientist Defense Forensic Science Center Office Phone:  404-469-7237


We have an opening on our Alternative Spring Break trip to Yakima, WA, and I would greatly appreciate your help sharing this with students so we can try to fill this spot! This trip is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who pay student fees to the Corvallis campus.

On this trip, students will learn about the human face and cost of land acquisition, colonization, and immigration by exploring the influx and interplay of different cultural groups in the Yakima valley. They will work with the Yakima Nation, Latinx migrant workers, and the City of Yakima to develop a deeper understanding of the area’s historical relationship to the land and to explore implications for the present and future of different cultural groups in the region. Alternative Break trips are designed to help students develop increased global consciousness, empathy, leadership skills, and engaged citizenship.

Here is more information for students, including a short blurb that is great for Facebook posts. I’ve also attached a couple of pictures from past trips that you’re welcome to use.


Trip: Tangled Roots: History, Land Use & Cultural Engagement in Yakima, WA

Dates: March 24 – 31, 2018

Cost: $100

Apply By: Friday, March 16


Looking for something amazing to do over spring break? Don’t miss your chance to make a difference on our Alternative Spring Break trip to Yakima, WA. On this trip, you’ll learn about and work with the Yakima Nation, Latinx migrant workers, and the City of Yakima. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! Apply by Friday, March 16 for full consideration.

Thank you for any help you can provide in spreading this information.




Erin McIlraith, MA | Civic Engagement Coordinator

Oregon State University | Student Leadership & Involvement Center for Civic Engagement | 541-737-6870 | 541-737-7504 | She/Her/Hers

Student Experience Center Suite 206, Office 210 | 2251 SW Jefferson Way | Corvallis, OR 97331

The Office of Human Resources is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Exemplary Employee Award.

Do you know a Classified Staff or Professional Faculty member who goes above and beyond the call of duty?

If you would like to recognize someone in your unit or elsewhere on campus who exemplifies great service to OSU, visit our website ( for more information on the exemplary employee award nomination process.

Nomination packets must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources no later than April 6, 2018.

For clarification or questions regarding these materials, please contact Tracey Yee at 541-737-5426 or by email at

Start early to get your nomination packets in by the April 6th deadline!