- You can make an impact on world through advancing technologies: save lives by creating new medical devices, work on alternative energy solutions, bring joy to people through entertainment, music and art.
- Opportunities abound for combining computer science with fields such as biology, chemistry, healthcare, forestry, music, and psychology. Read more in the New York Times, Huffington Post.
- Companies are looking for diverse teams to better solve complex problems. Read more in Huffington Post.
- Engineering jobs are among the highest paid positions. Read more at NACE, Forbes, PayScale.
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ECE - 2006
CS - 2014
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science typically awards over 200 scholarships each year for a total of about $405,000. Many of these scholarships give preference to women and underrepresented minorities. Additionally, in the Fall of 2015 every female first-year student majoring in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) or computer science (CS) will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
To apply for scholarships visit the College of Engineering website for more information.
Why Oregon State?
Our faculty, with diverse backgrounds and experiences, serve as role models and mentors for our students, and are advocates for inclusion. Two exceptional examples are Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez and Margaret Burnett.
Margaret Burnett started her career in 1971 when there were few female computer scientists. Indeed, she was the first woman hired into management at a 13,000 employee complex of Procter & Gamble. For women braving the gender imbalance, she points out that there are also rewards: “Women in computer science tend to get noticed, and this can lead to opportunities.” Her nationally recognized research focuses on gender differences in human-computer interactions. Margaret has served in multiple leadership roles for the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) and is currently on the advisory board for the NCWIT Academic Alliance that serves higher education. She is also works closely with Women and Minorities in Engineering on programs to encourage recruitment and retention of women in the School of EECS.
Eduardo Cotilla-Sanchez grew up in a small Mediterranean tourist town in Spain, where breaks from school meant playing on the warm beach. But life was not a permanent vacation — education was very important to his parents who worked hard so he and his siblings could go on to college. In his role as a professor at Oregon State, he has helped reignite the regional chapter of the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and now serves as its president. “We have now a new, very engaged and excited executive board for SHPE Oregon,” he said. Their first achievement was to bring the Regional Leadership Development Conference for the society to Oregon State in 2016. The society is also working to bring science, technology, engineering, arts and math education to Latino middle- and high-school students in the Oregon school districts. Eduardo also volunteers as a speaker on LGBTQQIA topics for the Pride Center panels organized by the Cultural Resource Centers on campus.
Support comes in many forms at the Office of Women and Minorities (WME) in Engineering including study tables, financial support, opportunities for involvement in leadership and research, and an orientation class for first-year students. Along the way, WME has built a strong community that encourages students from underrepresented minorities to achieve their goals.
“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 is part of the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation which exceeded their goal to double the number of underrepresented minority students in engineering and science in five years. The LSAMP program at Oregon State seeks to integrate students into the academic life at OSU in their chosen discipline to foster growth and success. Students are provided with financial, academic, social, and professional support in a coordinated effort to help them achieve their academic and professional goals. The National Science Foundation awarded the Alliance a grant renewal of $3.44 million in 2014.
OSU is also the first institution in the state to receive an institutional transformation grant from the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program. The $3.5 million grant to OSU in 2014 is for programs to improve conditions for women in the academic science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM disciplines.