Breaking Down Plastic in Plastics for Poets

Over the last half-century, plastics have become integral to everyday life. From car parts to food storage to the microplastics in clothes, plastics are everywhere – and, crucially, will remain everywhere, as they do not naturally break down. This is a modern dilemma that Dr. Skip Rochefort addressed head on in his honors colloquium Plastic […]

Playing with the Past in History of Commerce Through Board Games

When you walk by Dennis Adams’s classroom, it looks more like a group of friends hanging out, playing board games and getting a bit too competitive than a college class. It’s no surprise that the course, History of Commerce Through Board Games, has become one of the most popular Honors College colloquia. Adams, an instructor […]

Waving Hello to Colloquia Classes: A Field Trip to the Oregon Coast

Rising sea levels and declining marine populations have had alarm bells ringing in the science community for years, and today, news stories abound with warnings of marine heatwaves, ocean acidification and expanding low-oxygen zones. When it comes to examining the climate crisis deep below the surface, though, one Oregon State professor has decided to dive […]

Michelle Kutzler Named 2021 Margaret and Thomas Meehan Eminent Mentor

The Honors College is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Michelle Kutzler, an associate professor in the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences, as the 2021 Margaret and Thomas Meehan Honors College Eminent Mentor. Each year, one faculty member is selected for this recognition by a panel of distinguished honors faculty and mentors from […]

The Rise of Conspiracy Theories with Rob Drummond

Senior Instructor Rob Drummond has been teaching students in the College of Liberal Arts and the Honors College for about a decade — and honors colloquia are among his favorite courses to teach.  “All the colloquia I teach are my favorite. I know that sounds dumb, but I love them all,” Rob says.  And Rob […]

Honors Remote Learning Perspective – BI 213H Principles of Biology

BI 213H is the third course in the three-part Principles of Biology lecture and laboratory series. The Honors College proposed an honors section of the Principles of Biology laboratory to the Department of Integrative Biology in the late 2000s; in 2012, an honors section of the lecture was created to form the complete honors Principles […]