Awards, Shirts, and Scholarships! 09.14.2015

Greetings Portland State ASCE Members! If you are looking for something to do this week, please consider attending the ASCE Oregon Section Gala (details below) to support our advisor, Evan Kristof, as he receives the Young Government Engineer of the Year Award. Other fun things coming your way in this update – t-shirts and OMSI scholarships!

Upcoming back to school welcome events – stop on by!

Maseeh New Student Welcome, 9/23 2 – 3:15 pm
Party in the Park, 10/1 11 am – 3 pm

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The Annual ASCE Oregon Section Gala is THIS THURSDAY, the 17th, at Bridgeport Brewing from 6 – 9 pm. In light of the fact that 2 of the awardees are faculty advisors (including our very own, Evan Kristof!), the Oregon Section would like to encourage student participation at the Annual gala and has reduced their ticket prices. Our original price was $25/student, which they have decided to drop to $15/student. The ASCE president, Bob Stevens, will be there, as will many other influential engineers, and would be a great networking opportunity. In addition, Paul Giroux (who gave the Panama Canal talk in Panama last year) will be presenting on the Golden Gate Bridge construction this time.

Awards will be going to:

Engineer of the Year: Mark Kennedy (outgoing UP faculty advisor)
Young Engineer of the Year: Dan Shafar (outgoing SW Washington Branch Treasurer, Berger Abam)
Government Engineer of the Year: Eric Destival (Section Treasurer – incoming Pres-Elect, City of Salem)
Young Government Engineer of the Year: Evan Kristoff (PSU faculty advisor)



If you are interested in purchasing a PSU ASCE T-shirt for $15.00, please follow the following link to place your order:

T-Shirts will be available for pick up at our General Meeting 10/8/2015. Cash payment for the exact amount will be required at time of pick up. If you cannot make it to the General Meeting on 10/8/2015, pickups can be scheduled by appointment by emailing Rachel Fast at We currently have 1 XL, 4 L, 8 M, and 10 S shirts on hand. Sizes are on a first come, first serve basis. If you order a shirt and we do not have the size available, a shirt will be ordered for you. Pick-ups will be scheduled once the shirt arrives.


OMSI is currently recruiting for our Science Communication Fellowship and we are hoping you could help us spread the word! We have a scholarship available for a female engineer and have extended the deadline to apply in the hopes of finding a good match for this opportunity. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is now Monday September 21st. Please see below, and attached flyer for more information. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me at or at503-797-4635.

OMSI Science Communication Fellows are industry or academic researchers or science/engineering professionals, including faculty, graduate students, technicians, or other individuals in science, health, or technology related positions. After participating in a science communication “short course,” Fellows are certified by OMSI as current science ambassadors and skilled communicators. Fellows join OMSI in helping public audiences engage with science by engaging museum visitors in hands-on activities that represent their own work at the monthly Meet a Scientist program.

Application Deadline & Fall Workshop Schedule

Applications for our Fall Science Communication Fellowship cohort are due by Monday, September 14 (Extended till Monday September 21st for the Designing Our World Scholarship). The workshop dates for this round are:

Workshop 1: Thursday, October 8, 3-6pm

Workshop 2: Thursday, November 19, 3-6pm

Workshop 3: Thursday, December 10, 3-6pm

Workshop 4: Saturday, January 9, 1-5 pm

Application Process & Scholarship Information

An online application (including the scholarship application) and further information about the Fellowship program can be found on OMSI’s website at The program tuition is $2,500, however we have limited scholarship funding available and encourage those in need to apply. The website will be updated with application information and deadlines for future cohorts. We expect to run Fellowship cohorts 2-3 times per year.

OMSI is able to offer a small number of general scholarships (open to any scientist or engineer) and occasional targeted scholarships for each cohort. The targeted scholarships being offered this fall include:

Special Food Science and Nutrition Scholarships

For this cohort, OMSI is pleased to offer Fellowship scholarships for professionals (including researchers, practitioners, students, etc.) in fields related to food science and/or nutrition. These Fellows will be invited to participate in special programming held in OMSI’s eatery, Theory. If you are interested in this scholarship, please indicate your request to be considered for this funding in your scholarship application.

Designing Our World Engineering Scholarship

For this cohort, OMSI is pleased to offer a Fellowship scholarship for a female professional (including researchers, practitioners, students, etc.) in the field of Engineering. This Fellow will collaborate with OMSI to support the NSF-funded project, Designing our World (DOW). DOW addresses the nation’s need for more youth, especially girls, to pursue engineering and eventually fill a critical workforce need. In partnership with diverse community stakeholders, DOW creates exhibits, programs, and professional development opportunities to enhance participants’ engineering-related interests and identities. An accompanying research study explores how girls’ engineering identities change throughout the project.

The Designing our World Fellow will be asked to commit to a minimum of 5-7 events including working with students at partner organizations, consulting with the OMSI exhibit and program development teams, and other similar activities. If selected for the scholarship, the commitments will be discussed in more detail before acceptance into the program. Spanish speakers, those who represent non-traditional engineering careers, and/or work in engineering contexts with clear altruistic storylines (helping people, animals or the environment) will be given preference. If you are interested in this scholarship, please indicate your request to be considered for this funding in your scholarship application.

Please feel free to send this announcement to any colleagues who may have interest in the program. We also often work with researchers to incorporate this program into broader impact plans for NSF grant proposals. If you are interested in pursuing this option, please get in touch with Lauren Moreno at

Thank you!

Amanda Fisher

Curriculum Developer

Fellowship Program Coordinator

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

1945 SE Water Avenue

Portland Oregon 97214

O 503 797 4635 | F 503 797 4568

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