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MATT KAISER:  Vitamin C may cure more than a cold....

MARCH 18TH, 2015:  It’s almost impossible for Honors College senior Matt Kaiser to believe that he thought his freshman-year microbiology course would be his first and last college-level science class. Now, he barely  recognizes the Matt who had just graduated from high school.   “I came to Oregon State wanting to study finance and stay as far away from science as possible,” Matt says. “If I look at the snapshot of  Matt Kaiser who graduated high school at 18 thinking he knew everything about the world and knew that he absolutely did not want to study science…it’s mind blowing.”  That initial microbiology class,  though, quickly changed everything.  The following term, he took an upper-division course that discussed innovations in science and technology.  “I saw how applicable science really is beyond just a laboratory or a clinic,” says Matt. “I started asking questions that I really had never considered before.”  Suddenly Matt found himself reading about bioethics and bioengineering in his spare time, as what he called his new “academic hobby.” And after studying abroad in Spain the summer after his freshman year, Matt decided to start knocking on doors, looking to do research of his own.

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