Despite limitations, students learn at NWREC
Each summer, the OSU North Willamette Research and Extension Center hires students to assist with field research projects.
Over the past several years, the facility has had about 30 students each summer on the property to work and learn, with about half of the students studying agricultural or biological sciences at Oregon State University.
Others come from various universities — public and private — and community colleges around Oregon and across the U.S. Some students also come from area high schools, such as North Marion High School's Mitch Doubrava and Canby High's Jaden Stewart. Most of the students work at the NWREC for several summers.
Each year, the students provide valuable and quality help. This summer was no different, despite the limitations placed on the facility in the COVID-19 pandemic. NWREC faculty struggled through several challenges, figuring out how they would manage this summer after the pandemic hampered hiring in April and May, seeing several research projects face delays, and not knowing what they would need to safely support these workers.
The research center has operated under a restricted access policy since March, with all faculty, staff and student workers wearing face masks inside and outside.
That said, the work went on and this year's group of students accomplished important work for the faculty, the center and in support of agriculture in the region.
This year's students were:
Ashley Ambrose — Linfield University, Berry Research
Mitch Doubrava — North Marion High School, Berry Research
Annika Pounds — Oregon State University, Berry Research
Sophia Rutz — Linfield University, Berry Research
Amanda Stephens — Utah State University, Berry Research
Matthew Robinson — Oregon State University, Berry Research
Caitlin McCabe — Cornell University, Berry Extension
Jaden Stewart — Canby High School, Farm
Sierra Burnell — Central Oregon Community College, Farm
Kate Peters — Canby High School, Farm
Kaylee Shearer — George Fox University, Farm/Tree Orchard Crops/Berry Research
Luke Van Lehman — Oregon State University, Nursery Production Research
Owen Van Lehman — Oregon State University, Nursery Production Research
Hannah Velazquez — Portland State University, Nursery Production Research
Aleksandar Bozaric — Oregon State University, Tree Orchard Crops
Nate Edmonds - Silverton High School, Tree Orchard Crops
Tatum Keyes — Portland State University, Tree Orchard Crops
Erica Rudolph — Southern Oregon University, Tree Orchard Crops
Philip Treismann — Oregon State University, Berry Initiative-Olive Research
Logan Rower — Oregon State University, Berry Initiative-Olive Research
Irene Yang — Oregon State University, Berry Initiative-Olive Research
Briauna Renne — Oregon State University, Berry Initiative-Olive Research
Cora Bobo-Shisler — Oregon State University, Berry Initiative-Olive Research
Ken Poblador — Oregon State University, Berry Initiative-Olive Research
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