Leading Indicators — 2015

Annual Report of Research

Enduring Questions

Research advances human well-being

By Cynthia Sagers, Vice President for Research

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When I was an undergraduate at the University of Iowa, an opportunity to do research changed my life. I worked at a biological field station in Panama, leading a tropical forest census during the day and discussing science with sophisticated researchers in the dining hall at night. I came away inspired by their insightful research, and believing that it could help make the world a better place.

Cynthia Sagers, Vice President for Research, Oregon State University.

Research experiences are indeed transformative. Oregon State University excels at providing students — both undergrads and graduates — with extraordinary research opportunities. Research as a way of learning deepens our understanding and enriches our education programs. Students challenge themselves in labs, in the field and through partnerships with business and industry. They engage in a great scientific tradition that is guided by perception, imagination and transparency.

The rich history of research, creativity and innovation is directly connected to the quality of life that we enjoy in the United States. Discovery and invention arise from basic research — that is, the ability to ask “what if” questions. Research contributes to rapid advances in applied areas of economics, human health and resource management. Students are critical to the research and development mission of the OSU campus.

It is human nature to ask about how things work, how we came to be, and why we are here. Our students learn that research provides tools to understanding these enduring questions.

By Nick Houtman

Nick Houtman is director of research communications at OSU and edits Terra, a world of research and creativity at Oregon State University. He has experience in weekly and daily print journalism and university science writing. A native Californian, he lived in Wisconsin and Maine before arriving in Corvallis in 2005.