A $3.28 million commitment from Jon and Stephanie DeVaan has allowed OSU to launch the Clean and Sustainable Water Technology Initiative. The effort, led by Lewis Semprini, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering, will build on the university’s strengths to become a national leader in designing, building, and testing systems-level approaches to the problem of access to clean water. Learn more

NASA looks for citizen scientists to collect snowpack depth measurements, featuring David Hill, professor of coastal and ocean engineering and Ph.D. student, Ryan Crumley. 

Events and Speaker Meetings

Graduate Defenses 

  • Wed, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Kearney 311, M.S. Final Exam, Allyson Ironside, “An Adoption Study of the Course Social and Cognitive Engagement.” Major Advisor: Shane Brown. Committee Members: Jack Istok, Catherine Berdanier, Kathleen Quardokus Fisher. GCR: Mike Bailey. 


  • December 5-7, LaSells Stewart Conference Center, “Traffic Engineering Fundamentals.” Instructors: Kate Hunter-Zaworski and Robert Layton as well as other traffic engineering consultants.
  • Social Justice Retreats: As a partnership between Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE), Student Leadership & Involvement (SLI), University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS), these weekend long retreats promote a campus dialogue about race and racism. Each of the retreats engage in the active exploration of the concept of race and how race influences our lived experiences and interactions. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: Friday, Dec. 1. 
    • Racial Aikido: January 19 –21, 2018 
    • Multiracial Aikido Retreat: January 26 – 28, 2018 
    • Examining White Identity in a Multicultural World Retreat: January 19 – 21, 2018
    • International Student Social Justice Retreat: February 2 – 4, 2018 


Drop-in advising is available November 27 – January 22, 9 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Phase I Priority Registration began November 12. 

Phase II Priority Registration (waitlists begin): November 30, 8 p.m.

When emailing advisors, please do not send the same message to multiple advisors. Multiple messages create unnecessary delays in receiving your response. Send general questions to

Final exam review sessions for mathematics courses: 

  • MTH 112, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Kidder 364
  • MTH 150X, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 5 to 7 p.m., Kidder 350

Graduate students: 

Please be advised of the deadlines for completing your final degree requirements. For those with an upcoming event (PhD Program Meeting, PhD Qualifying Exam, PhD Oral Preliminary Exam, MEng/MS/PhD Final Exam) please remember to:

  • Reserve your room with the event schedule form
  • Schedule your event with the Graduate School at least 2 weeks before the event date with the exam schedule form

New course offering: Stability of Geophysical Flows, OC680, Winter Term 2018, MTWF: 10:00-10:50, Strand Ag. 262. Instructor: Bill Smyth, Prerequisites: OC670 or equivalent course in fluid mechanics, some matlab, or permission of the instructor. Every geophysical flow is turbulent, and turbulence begins with instability. In OC680, students explore mechanisms for the development of turbulence in the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere using linear perturbaCon theory with numerical soluCon methods.

Opportunities, Scholarships, and Conferences

New! OSU Library is offering several free Graduate Student workshops over the Winter Break. 

Take advantage of multiple scholarship opportunities, both at the university level and within the College of Engineering. The application is open now. 

New! The California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) Science & Technology Policy Fellows Program places ten PhD-level scientists annually in the California legislature for one-year appointments. Fellows work hands-on with policymakers addressing complex scientific and technical issues as well as assuming other responsibilities of full-time legislative staffers. Eligibility requirements include: A PhD or equivalent level degree OR an MS degree in an engineering discipline, plus at least three years of post-degree experience. The application process for the 2018-19 fellowship program begins December 1, 2017. Learn more and apply

URSA Engage: URSA Engage provides first and second year students, and transfer students in their first year at OSU, opportunities to pursue research or a creative activity under the guidance of an OSU mentor. Selected students will receive an award of $750 and their faculty mentors will receive $250 in development funds. The program is available to undergraduates across all academic disciplines. Projects will take place from the middle of winter term 2018 through the end of spring term 2018 (15 weeks at 5 hrs/week). Learn more

The Science Ambassador Scholarship: A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: December 11, 2017, midnight, central time. 

New! The American Coal Ash Association (ACAA) awards two scholarships annually, one in the amount of $5,000 and one in the amount of $2,500. The foundation has discretion to award a third in the amount of $1,000. Learn more and apply. If you have questions, contact Alyssa Barto (720) 870-7897. Application deadline: December 15, 2017.

The Kiewit Faculty Scholars Program’s purpose is to provide faculty with opportunities to gain industry experiences through working at Kiewit. These unique opportunities provide hands-on, real-world work experience and lead to the enriched classroom experiences of construction and engineering students. Each educator will spend their scholar period (typically 10-12 summer weeks) on a construction site or within a Kiewit office working in design or operations support function. Work assignments are based on the alignment of the Faculty Scholar’s expectations and district office needs. The faculty member must identify the specific skills and knowledge to be gained during the scholar period, recognize needed professional work experience, and obtain support from the faculty member’s institution. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: December 15, 2017. 

Render 3D Quickly announces the launch of the Render 3D Quickly Scholarship Program. One college hopeful will be chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used toward their higher education. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: December 30, 2017. 

The Columbia Willamette Chapter (CWC) of the American Society for Safety Engineers (ASSE) is now calling for scholarship applications. Each year, CWC ASSE awards the ASSE Columbia-Willamette Chapter Leadership Award ($750.00) and the Walter G. Thorsell Memorial Scholarship ($1,000). These are made possible by the generosity of our local CWC-ASSE members, individuals, corporations, and local sections. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: January 1, 2018. 

New! The 5th Annual Bill Kloos Scholarship ($2,500) application is now available. This scholarship is offered by the Oregon Section of ITE and the Bill Kloos Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to students pursuing degrees in transportation engineering or other related fields (including Civil Engineering). Candidates will be evaluated based on a scholarship application in the form of an essay, presentation/poster, Powerpoint presentation, or video that focuses on transportation/traffic engineering. The format of the application shall be at the discretion of candidate. The intent of the scholarship application is to encourage students to think outside the box and showcase their communications skills. Applications are due January 28, 2018. Learn more and apply

New! The Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Fund provides annual scholarships to applicants looking to pursue careers in construction and construction-related fields. A selection committee reviews applicants and awards recipients at the annual Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Awards Banquet each spring. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: March 1, 2018. 

Tech Soft 3D, Super Model CAD Design Competition. Contestants are required to submit an original 3D mechanical part or assembly that will be judged according to overall quality and model complexity. Winning contestants will receive recognition and cash, with a first place prize of $1,500. Learn more. Submission deadline: March 15, 2018.

2018 ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 15-18, 2018. Join peers and other experts from around the world in Pittsburgh to share ideas and advance the knowledge on the impact of technologies on transportation and development. Learn more

Registration is open now for the annual ITE QUAD Conference, which represents transportation professionals from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and beyond. The 2018 conference will be hosted in Portland. Learn more



  • Alliance Industrial Group, Inc., seeks to hire a project manager assistant. Founded in 2001, AIG has completed over 1,100 projects, some in excess of 10,000 tons and 1,000,000 square feet. Learn more and apply

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