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Leadership and administration

Committed to fostering science excellence

Leadership and administration

Committed to fostering science excellence

Interim Dean Vrushali Bokil stands in front of bushes on campus in a bright blue suit
Vrushali Bokil, Interim Dean of the College of Science

Message from Interim Dean Vrushali Bokil

Welcome to the College of Science at Oregon State University!

We are an inclusive, collaborative and innovative community with a mission to develop the next generation of science leaders, mentors, educators and cultural shapers to advance scientific discovery and science literacy. Our community addresses local, regional and global challenges to provide solutions to improve the human condition.

Through the implementation of our diversity action plan, Embedding Equity Access & Inclusion, we are invested in creating a multi-faceted view of success to enable healthy science identities for all members of our community along with a strong sense of belonging to the college. We aim to ensure that all our scientists or science educators have equitable access to succeed in science and in our community.

We have integrated and embedded this diversity action plan into a collaborative strategic planning process to generate collective wisdom for actionable initiatives which has led to a College Strategic Plan to be launched this year.

Our seven departments include a diverse portfolio of research, scholarship and innovation activities to enable fundamental and applied discoveries. Our world-renowned faculty are recognized for their scientific expertise especially in the signature areas of BioHealth & Biomedical Sciences, Genomics & Bioinformatics, Sustainable Materials Research, Climate, Marine and Coastal Sciences, Quantitative, Computational & Data Sciences and Science Education Research. We are invested in foundational and discovery-driven science, and use-inspired and collaborative interdisciplinary research. Our federally funded centers and world-class facilities provide impactful solutions to society’s challenging problems.

In our College, you will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with talented and committed faculty to push the boundaries of scientific knowledge and work on impactful solutions for societal grand challenges. You will be embedded within a community invested in providing the best science education possible, accessible to all Oregonians and to all people from around the world that call our community home.

Vrushali Bokil

Interim Dean, College of Science


Vrushali Bokil, Interim Dean
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Tamara Cissna, Director of Marketing and Communications
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Kameron Kadooka, Director for Equity, Access and Inclusion
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Kim McQueen, Executive Assistant to the Dean
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Trenéa Moore, Administrative Assistant to the Associate Deans
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Jessica Siegel, Associate Dean - Academic and Student Affairs
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Virginia Weis, Acting Associate Dean - Research and Graduate Studies
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Tze-Yiu Yong, Project and Event Manager
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Department Heads

Lisa Ganio, Statistics Department Head
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Wei Kong, Chemistry Department Head
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Davide Lazzati, Physics Department Head
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Dee Denver, Integrative Biology Department Head
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Bill Bogley, Mathematics Department Head
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Steve Giovannoni, Microbiology Department Head
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Elisar Barbar, Biochemistry and Biophysics Department Head
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Research Development Unit

Bettye Maddux, Director of Research Development
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Kendra Mingo, Research Development Coordinator
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Science Success Center

Kris Gage, Student Success Coordinator
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Gabs James, Associate Director of Student Engagement
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Carol McKiel, Associate Director of Undergraduate Student Recruitment
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Jennifer Olarra, Head Advisor
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Rachel Palmer, Assistant Director of Career Development
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Devon Quick, Learning Assistant Program Director
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Marketing and Communications

Hannah Ashton, Science Writer
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Sharon Betterton, Art Director
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Arie Henry, Web and Digital Communications Manager
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Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications

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Marlys Amundson, Senior Director of Development, College of Science
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Hannah Hegerberg, Associate Director of Development, College of Science

Tom McLennan, Sr. Director of Development

Kacee Navarro, Administrative Assistant

Financial Strategic Services - Science

Mark Dunbar, Interim Financial Strategic Partner

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University Information and Technology

Andrew Wheeler, Director, Customer Experience

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Human Resources

Jennifer Hill, Human Resources Manager

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Board of Advisors

The College of Science Board of Advisors is diverse group of individuals, distinguished in their careers that span a spectrum of fields related to science programs. They serve as an advisory body to advance our mission and vision within the college, across Oregon and beyond with external constituents. They are an invaluable source of counsel to Interim Dean Bokil.