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Tracy Scott

Tracy Scott is a freelance writer whose work has been published by a variety of outlets including CBS and NerdWallet, as well as other higher education institutions.
Kaitlin Thurman, a master's in environmental sciences graduate, wearing a cap and gown

Environmental sciences online master’s program yields career rewards for graduate

3 minute read When she retraces the path that led to her current role as an environmental analyst for local government, Kaitlin Thurman points to four ways Oregon State Ecampus and its environmental sciences master’s program helped make her dream a reality.

Oregon State history master’s student uses her education to bring the past to life

3 minute read “I’m currently working with a few historical cemeteries to create an interactive walking experience that educates participants on the area’s history,” said history master’s degree student Jessica Sue Cole. “Bringing stories to life of those who’ve gone before us and sharing that information in a way that engages people with the past — it’s the most rewarding job I can imagine.”

Award-winning virtual chemistry lab provides hands-on lessons online at Oregon State

5 minute read When they needed an alternative to a third-party chemistry lab platform, Oregon State’s Department of Chemistry and OSU Ecampus used cutting-edge technology to build one from the ground up. The end result: a national award-winning, virtual chemistry lab platform that offers student-centered, high-quality lab experiences at no cost. The lab received the 2022 Online Learning Consortium Innovate Award for its outstanding contribution to the field of online learning.

Oregon State’s online computer science program leads to professional success

3 minute read “I primarily wanted to better myself by furthering my education and doing the work I love,” Eric Rouse says. “Now, I’m half-owner of the company that I work for. Completing my computer science degree at OSU Ecampus helped create the career of my dreams.”

A photo of Fiona Wylde holding a paddleboard and paddle. Fiona is a geography and geospatial science student

Winning on the water and in the online classroom

3 minute read Fiona Wylde needed a rigorous degree program that would allow her to further her education while offering the flexibility to sustain her career as a world champion stand-up paddleboarder and windsurfer. She found everything she needed online with Oregon State.

A view of a bay with bright blue water in Hawai'i, taken from the Ala Kahakai Trail.

A biological, cultural approach to conservation begins at home – and online

3 minute read Cayla “La” Crivello wanted to find a way to impact her community without having to leave it. What she found was Oregon State University Ecampus and an environmental sciences degree that she could complete without having to leave Hawai’i. And now? She’s engaging with her local and state government and working in conservation.

Samantha Chisholm Hatfield sits on a traditional tribal blanket in a traditional garment, holding a fan made of feathers.

Providing support comes second to understanding the needs of Indigenous students

3 minute read Through Dr. Samantha Chisholm Hatfield’s own rigorous education and personal experience, she’s helped build a support network for Oregon State’s Indigenous students. And she serves as a point of connection for those students, including those who may never meet her in person because she knows how essential that feeling of belonging can be to student success.