PORTLAND - Oregon State University and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry formally agreed to join forces for research, education, exhibits and special group programs to promote science, math and technology to families and students throughout the state.

"This a natural partnership," said OSU President Paul Risser. "Oregon State University is known for its scientific research and education and OMSI has a long history of inspiring an interest in math and science in young people. By sharing our strengths we can better serve the people of Oregon."

The formal agreement is expected to be completed today by OMSI President Patrick LaCrosse and Risser.

Although the two institutions have worked jointly for many years, this new pact outlines specific areas in which the two will cooperate. They include:


  • The SMILE (Science and Mathematics Investigative Learning Experience) program, an OSU-designed course of study for rural and minority students in grades 4-12.


  • Salmon Camp, a program to educate Oregon Native American youth about environmental issues.


  • Young Scholar Research Participation Program, which brings outstanding high school students from across the United States to OSU to conduct research with scientists.


  • Hancock and Cascade Science Camps, outdoor science programs for students aged seven through 18 years old.


  • Special programs for educating science teachers.


  • Educational internships and grant opportunities.

Other collaborative efforts already are in place, officials say. OSU is providing expertise from its College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences for OMSI's interactive exhibit on El Nino that illustrates the effects and measurements of sea levels and movement, which help determine the type and location of weather patterns.

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Orcilia Zuniga-Forbes, 541-737-4875