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  • 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 TimesHuffington 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 NACEForbesPayScale.

Student Stories

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Manuel Delgado

Manuel Delgado


Anna Koch

ECE - 2014

Sneha Krishna

Sneha Krishna


Akira Mendez

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley

ECE - 2006

Akira Mendez

Nicole Phelps

CS - 2014

Marcos Zavala

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 Ron Metoyer 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.

Ron Metoyer was a first generation college student who benefited from a program for underrepresented minorities adjusting to college. So he has a very personal reason to be involved at Oregon State and nationally with programs to encourage underrepresented students in engineering. He helped to bring a summer Bridge Program to Oregon State which supports underrepresented freshman; he serves on the advisory board of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation; he is the co-founder and co-organizer of Computer Human Interaction Mentoring Workshop (CHIMe) to inspire more participation of underrepresented students in the area of human-computer interaction; and has served in various capacities for the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.


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.

National Support

“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.