Our faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students are passionate about “revealing how life works” by collaborating with others to host training workshops, conferences, and events for members of the international scientific community as well as Oregon teachers, students, and the general public.

Upcoming Events:

  • June 2024 Infusing Computational Thinking in Education, a 5-day creative computing “playshop” for grade levels 3-6 (mornings) and grade levels 7-12 (afternoons).
  • June 2728 Express Yourself! Advances in Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression Explored through the Isolation and Characterization of New Natural Products. For high school STEM educators. Learn how OSU researchers are isolating and characterizing novel antibiotics from Oregon soil microbes and engineering fungal strains to express new compounds. (announcement)
  • June 2930 Climate Change and Regional Impacts: A Workshop for Oregon Educators Targeted for middle and high school educators. Join researcher Dr. Andreas Schmittner colleagues in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences summer to explore current climate change research and discuss the regional impacts and strategies communities are taking to address these impacts. (announcement)
  • August 15 Biochemistry Camp for students entering grades 7-9.
  • August 8–12 Creative Computing Camp for students entering grades 6-8.
  • August 5 – 10 Genetic Code Expansion Pre-Conference Workshop This intensive laboratory and lecture workshop will provide participants with the theoretical and practical knowledge to utilize existing and emerging genetic code expansion technology. This workshop will also provide educators with the tools needed to teach a research-based laboratory course on protein engineering using genetic code expansion at their home institutions.
  • August 1114 Genetic Code Expansion Conference This will be the first Genetic Code Expansion Conference with the aim of bringing together diverse scientific disciplines that focus on developing and using GCE technology.

We share our research, expertise, and enthusiasm through annual programs and events with:

Genetic Code Expansion Workshop and Conference
STEPs workshop STEPs (Scientists and Teachers in Education Partnerships) Program for teacher professional development workshops and equipment lending library
STEM Academy STEM Academy summer camps for middle and high school students in Biochemistry and Creative Computing. The purpose of STEM Academy is to engage K-12 youth in programs designed to increase college attendance and participation in the STEM fields. (STEM includes the natural, physical and social Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as single disciplines or in any combination, and extends to the integrative STEM disciplines forestry, agriculture, fisheries, (veterinary) medicine, and health sciences.)
 Discovery Days Discovery Days is an outreach program involving many of the Science Departments at OSU as well as departments from Agriculture and Engineering.
 Mi Familia Weekend Mi Familia Weekend  mission is to make Oregon State University accessible to families from Spanish-speaking nations. 
Discovering the Scientist Within Discovering the Scientist Within for middle school girls. The goal of the workshop is to introduce girls to STEM career fields in which women are traditionally under-represented; another is to change the stereotypical perception that scientists are male and that science is ‘difficult’.

OSU research faculty partners supporting STEPs outreach workshops and programs in 2014-2016

Dan Arp, Dean Agricultural College and STEPs Director
Michael Freitag, Julie Greenwood, David Hendrix, Colin JohnsonAndy Karplus, and Ryan Mehl, Biochemistry and Biophysics 
Pallavi Dhagat, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Andreas Schmittner, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science
Weihong Qiu and Bo Sun, Physics
Pankaj Jaiswal and Jeff Chang, Botany and Plant Pathology
Mike Bailey, Computer Science
Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing