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Amy Roluffs, one of CBEE's many high-achieving undergraduate students, provides a great example of how experiential education can help undergraduates develop their own career paths while they are still in college.
A fourth-year chemical engineering student, Amy is interested in engineering applications within the pharmaceutical industry. In the summer after her first year, she worked at Oregon Health and Science University as a biomedical research intern placed through the Pete and Rosalie Johnson Internship program.
Amy says that first internship helped to prepare her for her job this past summer at Genentech in Hillsboro, as an intern in the MECOP program.
“We did gene-specific cancer research at OHSU, which is how I got into the medical side,” she said. “So being placed at Genentech was a great way to continue that, but also to get introduced to the manufacturing side of engineering.”
This year, Amy was selected to receive the prestigious Navarette Engineering Scholarship. The renewable, $16,000 award helps to support highly qualified women in engineering programs.
CBEE is committed to serving students of diverse backgrounds and ensuring that all of our students achieve success, aligning with the Student Success Initiative announced earlier this year by OSU President Ed Ray. Many of the best and brightest students at OSU are already drawn to CBEE majors.
A key component of this initiative is to ensure that all of our students have at least one experiential learning opportunity such as an internship or participation in original research. Such experiences greatly enhance the chances that students will not only have success with us and graduate in a timely manner, but will also find success in their careers beyond OSU.
This year the school hopes to raise enough funds to support at least twice as many students with experiential projects in CBEE, with a total fundraising goal of $100,000. You can support the school at any time via the secure website at osufoundation.org/cbee.