Academic Champions

University of Oregon students excel in classrooms, labs, athletics and around the globe in amazing ways.

Four begowned graduates beam after commencement.
The University of Oregon will celebrate spring commencement on Monday, June 18, with 5,015 graduates receiving 5,233 degrees. Photos and video will be posted throughout the day.
Alejandro Mendoza-Graves
When it came time for Alejandro Mendoza-Graves to pick a college, there really was no choice at all.“I always wanted to go to the UO,” he said. “I’ve always been a Duck fan.”
Football players Isaac 'Marquice' Dixon and Troy Hill work on their art projects
What do football and art have in common?All you have to do is look at a piece of art by UO running back Kenjon Barner, who used photographs and spray paint to create a landscape of a football field for an exhibition starting May 30 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.  
Daniel Wu with the Duck
Daniel Wu — a megastar of Chinese films, who’s been compared to Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt — returned to the University of Oregon for a quick visit this spring. 
Hayley Pratt-Stibich chats with UO professors Bruce Blonigen (left) and Raghu Pa
Hayley Pratt-Stibich always wanted to go to college. But how to pay for it? That was the question.Not anymore. Pratt-Stibich has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar for 2012
Allie Camp, Patricia Hickson and Mark Braseth are attending the Clinton Global I
Three graduate students are headed to Washington, D.C. over spring break to attend the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University.
Brian Oehler, Jake Heckathorn and Jeff Matthews of Corrosion Solutions.
University of Oregon MBA students Jake Heckathorn, Brian Oehler and Jeff Matthews have spent winter term in the academic equivalent of the “Shark Tank,” the ABC-TV reality show in which would-be entrepreneurs seek funding from wealthy venture capitalists.
Cortney Mild
Cortney Mild, a second-year master's student in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management, has been selected as a 2012 Eno Fellow and invited to attend the 20th Annual Eno Leadership Development Conference in Washington, DC, June 3-7, 2012.
Marcus Triest with his iPhone boombox
UO senior Marcus Triest got tired of “over-designed and gimmicky plastic iPod transport systems,” so he set out to build a simplified, stripped-down device of his own design.
Haley Vigeland
Like many University of Oregon seniors, Haley Vigeland is excited and nervous about her upcoming graduation this spring.  She plans to take a year off before applying for a graduate program in school counseling, and ultimately she intends to pursue a career working with high school and college students.