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Women and Minorities

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At Oregon State University, we believe that one key to success is mentoring — at all levels, and we implement this philosophy in several ways.

Our peer mentors assist first- and second-year students in making the transition from high school to OSU by sharing their strategies for academic success and knowledge of campus resources.

Peer leaders are a group of upperclassmen who have excelled in previous coursework and now use their past knowledge to help new students get through the material. Read more about our peer leaders.

And our faculty, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, serve as role models and mentors for our students. The OSU College of Engineering is ranked seventh in the nation for the percentage of women professors among schools with 100 or more faculty.

We work closely with the college’s Women and Minorities in Engineering program because having a workforce that reflects what the general population looks like results in creating products that are useful for everyone.

“Changing the face of engineering is an international issue right now,” says Ellen Momsen, director of the Women and Minorities in Engineering (WME) program at OSU.

OSU has recently joined the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation which aims to double the number of underrepresented minority students in engineering and science in five years. It’s an added incentive to boost WME’s recruitment and retention programs already in existence and implement some new ones.