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CALL FOR APPLICANTS for the Eco-Informatics Summer Institute (EISI) for summer 2014 


Please note:  Application deadline is February 15th, 2014!!!

The Eco-Informatics Summer Institute (EISI) (  will be held at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest ( in the beautiful Oregon Cascade mountains.

WHO: Undergraduate students from all over the US.

WHAT: Summer institute experience, stipend, and housing provided.

WHEN: June 16th – early August, 2014.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 15th, 2014.

WHERE: HJ Andrews Experimental Forest on the McKenzie River and at OSU in Corvallis, OR.


Eco-Informatics, an emerging discipline, integrates mathematics, computer science, statistics, and engineering with the study and management of ecosystems.  Through a ten-week undergraduate/early graduate research experience, the EISI will provide interdisciplinary training for young scientists to help manage ecosystems in our technologically sophisticated, globalized world. 

Through the integration of research and education, effective mentoring, and hands-on experiences at the HJ Andrews, participants will gain:

1.     Valuable research experience in Eco-Informatics and in their own disciplines.

2.     The foundation and opportunities to develop and seek support for their own graduate program, including a peer-reviewed research proposal.

3.     The training to become outstanding interdisciplinary scientists and effective contributors to the science and management of ecosystems.

Participants will receive: 

1.  A total stipend of $5,000.

2.  Free lodging at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and on the OSU campus

3.  The opportunity to attend the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco, CA in December of 2014 (Awarded to the most outstanding research team as chosen by the EISI faculty mentors)

4.  The opportunity for down time and group activities.

For more details and application, please go to:

The application deadline is February 15th, 2014.

If you have any questions, please contact



Desirée Tullos, PhD, PE

Associate Professor, Water Resources Engineering

Biological and Ecological Engineering Department

Oregon State University

AP Environmental Science Toughest AP Science Exam to pass in 2013

Did you know that AP Environmental Science exam had the lowest pass rate among other AP Science Exams in 2013?

According to Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President, Advanced Placement Program and College Readiness: "The fallacy that AP Environmental Science is the "easy AP science exam" continues; it has the lowest scores of any AP science exam.

I am therefore very proud of the few students I have this year who took on the challenge. May you follow the path of last year's great students -- Shelly, Allan, Carina, Jaime, Grace, Sabrina and Rafael. (So those of you who think AP Chem, AP Bio or AP Physics is too hard for you and that AP Environmental Science maybe the "easier" way, think again!) 

Did you miss any assignment?

If you have been absent due to illness, athletics, medical or family matters, you may make-up missed work (tests, quizzes, etc.) Please log on to school loop to check what assignments you may have missed. You only have a week from the date of your return from absence to make up work. To make up missed assignments, please show up in Mr. Villamil's room at lunch, Mondays to Fridays. No appointment necessary. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Villamil as soon as possible. Thank you.

CalTech Interns

Solar energy research interns please report to Mead Lab at CalTech on October 28 at 4 p.m. Questions? Please contact Mr. Villamil as soon as possible. 

CalTech Center for Chemical Innovation - Powering the Planet

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If you have any questions about the internship, please see me. Thank you!

Congratulations AP Environmental Science Students!

Shelly Ngo (5), Carina Cardenas (4), Allan Huang (4), Jaime Blanco (3), Rafael Molina (3), Grace Punzalan (3) and Sabrina Velasco (3).

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