Eastern Oregon University students from John Day and Dayville are among eight undergraduates who received a new scholarship funded by the National Science Foundation.

Jamie Waltenburg of Dayville, a biology major, and Michael Luttrell of John Day, a mathematics major, received Advancing Science and Technology in Eastern Oregon scholarships. The program was established with a grant from the National Science Foundation’s S-STEM program.

“I applied to become an ASTEO Scholar because it is an amazing opportunity to launch a career in the sciences,” Waltenburg said.

EOU faculty regularly involve undergraduates in their research, giving them the opportunity to contribute to larger projects and become comfortable using state-of-the-art equipment in the university science center.

“I am encouraged by the relationships that I will build, and my hope is that these connections will present opportunities to gain experience in the field of biology, as well as expand my horizons into other fields of science,” Waltenburg added. “These collaborations will broaden my perspective while teaching me new ways to think about problems and solutions.”

Luttrell, a senior, previously attended Central Oregon Community College and Oregon State University before transferring to EOU. He graduated from Grant Union Junior/Senior High School.

“I applied because I have a strong interest in mathematics, and working full-time while attending school full-time was a challenge,” Luttrell said. “The ASTEO scholarship made it so I don’t have to work full-time anymore.”

Faculty advisors also work closely with ASTEO Scholars, serving as mentors in career preparation and facilitating seminar courses and field trips. These and other efforts align with the National Science Foundation’s goal to support students intending to join industry or enter graduate school after completing their undergraduate degrees.

“I am really looking forward to Math Club, as well as my capstone project throughout the year,” Luttrell added. “I love the small class sizes and how much interest the math professors show in the success of their students.”

Eligible ASTEO Scholars may receive up to $7,500 annually for tuition and fees, depending on their unmet need. Preference is given to applicants demonstrating both academic potential or ability and financial need.

Students may also combine awards from the federal Pell program, Oregon Opportunity Grant, university fee remissions and other funding sources for additional financial assistance.

Scholarship applications are being accepted now through Feb. 1, 2017, for the coming academic year. For more information visit eou.edu/asteo.

Affordable Colleges Online named Eastern Oregon University as one of the top five best online colleges in the state.

EOU also stands nationally among the top 25 online colleges for bachelor’s degrees in the 2017 guide published by SR Education Group.

“These rankings acknowledge not only EOU’s flexibility, which our students value so much, but also the academic quality, personal attention, and career guidance they receive from faculty and their regional advisors,” said Donald Wolff, vice provost who oversees the university’s distance education program.

According to a recent study by the Babson Survey Research Group, the online student population in the country is now over 7 million, including 14 percent of undergraduate students in Oregon who are enrolled in at least one online class.

EOU’s student population reflects this trend, with 80 percent of its 2016 graduates taking online classes and more than 2,000 enrolled exclusively online. The university offers 17 majors and 15 minors entirely at a distance with additional endorsements, certificates and graduate degrees available.

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