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Committing to the Pivot: HC Alum Finds Success Along a Non-Linear Path

During their time at Oregon State University, honors students are taught that progress is not linear – and that that is often a good thing. That’s why the Honors College fosters a culture that empowers students to explore their curiosities, both inside and outside their fields of study. Honors alum Justin Chi serves as an […]

Healthy Food for All: Honors Program Alum Gives Back to the HC

“The instant ramen of the health food world” — that is what Oregon State University honors program alum Jan Matsuno set out to create when she left her traditional corporate job to build a company from scratch, right from her very own kitchen. Four years and one global pandemic later, her products have landed on […]

The Sounds of Science: Turning Data Into Music

If DNA could make music, what song would it sing? If you are Oregon State University Honors College alum Lili Adams, your guess might be something along the lines of the Mario Brothers theme song — that is, of course, if the DNA you’re listening to comes from the North American Lionepha beetle. Born in […]

Former classmates collaborate on cancer therapies

Brynn Olden, B.S. chemical engineering ’13, and Honors College graduate Anthony Amsberry, H.B.S. bioengineering ’13, had big plans in high school. Olden, in Wilsonville, wrote them down for a Spanish class assignment. In translation, she said — I will be a scientist, cure cancer, and win a Nobel Prize. Just 15 miles away in Beaverton, […]

Kathleen Burrows and the Language of Teachers

The path to Kathleen Burrows’ dream job has spanned thousands of miles, from Oregon to Germany, to Albania and beyond, crossing oceans and cultures. At each step along the way, the Oregon State Honors College alumna has worked to provide students and teachers alike with the language skills needed to achieve success in school and […]

A Life Changing Encounter: One of the Original OSU Honors Students Looks Back

As an Oregon State College freshman in 1959, alumni Ray North never expected a simple advising appointment to change the trajectory of his life. Ray was only 17 and a second-generation immigrant, with parents who had not graduated from college. As a native of the Oregon Coast, Ray worked summers on a farm, at lumber […]

Leveling The Playing Field: Honors College Champions Carol and Rich Pickard

The Honors College Champions are leading an unprecedented fundraising effort in honors by making gifts of $100,000 or more in support of the college. “The Honors College Champions are completely reshaping our future as a college and expanding our sense of what is possible,” says HC Dean Toni Doolen. “Never before have we seen giving […]

New Horizons: Honors College Champions Lead Unprecedented Fundraising Success

Donor support for scholarships, experiential learning, new programming and curriculum development has never been more important to the success of the Honors College. The economic challenges of the past months have made external funding even more critical for student success and retention, and Honors College supporters have risen to the occasion. Fundraising for honors has […]