This holiday season, Beaver Nation has a lot to be thankful for!
World-class, record-setting research
Oregon State faculty and students brought in a record $309 million in research funding in 2015 — by far the most of any public university in the state. Our research solves global problems and drives innovation that makes our planet more sustainable, our economy stronger and our lives healthier. Many Oregon State students — including undergraduates — work on faculty research and develop research projects of their own.
The Marine Studies Initiative
In 2015, Oregon State launched its Marine Studies Initiative, a new research and teaching model that will address emerging issues and challenges facing the world’s oceans. The initiative is an interdisciplinary effort that will involve each of Oregon State’s 11 colleges, the Honors College, the Graduate School and the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, where a new $50-million research and teaching facility will create expanded opportunities for hands-on student learning and world-leading research.
Our beautiful campuses
Look around Oregon State’s main campus — with its combination of historic and state-of-the-art buildings — and it’s easy to see why College Destinations Index ranked Corvallis the No. 3 college town in the country (and that’s just the latest top ranking). There’s also OSU-Cascades in Bend, where our new four-year campus is under construction. We’re also growing at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and adding programs in Portland. Beaver Nation reaches every corner of Oregon to make our state — and the world — a better place.
Sequencing the beaver genome
Oregon State is on track to be the first in the Pac-12 Conference to sequence the DNA for its mascot — thanks to a crowdfunding campaign this fall and a blood sample from Filbert, a 4-year-old beaver at the Oregon Zoo. The Beaver Genome Project could help explain why beavers build dams, eat wood and have buck teeth.
Students who give back
More than a third of Oregon State students volunteer to make our community better. In the 2014-15 academic year, more than 8,900 students participated in 111 different projects, logging more than 75,600 volunteer hours. They help grow vegetables in community gardens, work with children, collect canned goods and donations for local food banks and even pick up cigarette butts near campus. Want to make a difference? The Center for Civic Engagement can connect you to opportunities.
Seaweed that tastes like bacon
Oregon State created a sensation last summer when it announced a patent for a new strain of dulse — a red marine algae that tastes like bacon when cooked. It’s also an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A product development team at Oregon State’s Food Innovation Center in Portland is developing several new foods using dulse, including a rice cracker and salad dressing that will soon be in stores. Look for dulse on the menu as restaurants in Portland and Newport test new entrées.
The holiday season and winter break
The university is closed Nov. 26-27 for Thanksgiving. Fall term ends Dec. 11, and many students will head home for winter break. Members of the Oregon State and Corvallis community are invited to apply to host an international student who is not able to travel home between fall and winter terms. Holiday activities on campus include the President’s Winter Celebration in the Memorial Union Lounge on Dec. 1 and the Corvallis-OSU Symphony’s annual Holiday Concert at The LaSells Stewart Center on Dec. 6.