Scientific Discovery and Sustainability


Scientific Discovery & Sustainability

Making sustainability part of everyday practice is one of the first steps toward protecting our environment and our future. In the Scientific Discovery and Sustainability flight path, you’ll examine the universe, from neurons to stars. Working with researchers across the natural sciences, you’ll learn about our ecosystem and the natural wonders of our planet. Explore the world through the sciences, environmental design technologies, and mathematics. Be the environmentalist our world needs.

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Your Scientific Discovery & Sustainability Team

Courtney Garcia, Assistant Director

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Courtney is the Assistant Director for College and Career Advising for the Global Connections and Scientific Discovery and Sustainability Flight Paths. Courtney has been advising for eight years and worked at the UO for over two years. What Courtney enjoys most about working in higher education is helping students achieve their academic/personal/career goals and learning new things from students. Courtney is also currently a member of the UO Dreamers working group. In their free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with family, traveling and salsa dancing.

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Lex Becker, Academic and Career Advisor

Lex Becker is an Academic and Career Advisor in the Scientific Discovery and Sustainability Flight Path, and is also offering support to Data Science students as well as the Data Science Initiative. She is passionate about assisting college students with developing and achieving their ideal educational and career goals. She has a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon and has completed the majority of a M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (specialization) and Career Counseling (emphasis) from San Francisco State University. Having served in numerous mental health and career counseling settings, she mainly focuses on students' holistic health, success, and overall edification to collaboratively strive towards achieving their optimum wellbeing and quality of life. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending quality time with loved ones, dancing, creating and consuming a variety of arts and crafts, doing fun outdoor activities, and celebrating life through personal liberation (among many other hobbies and interests).

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Geoffrey Henderson
Geoffrey Henderson, Academic and Career Advisor

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Geoffrey is an Academic and Career Advisor in the Scientific Discovery and Sustainability Flight Path within Tykeson College and Career Advising. He is a Duck Alumna with a Bachelor of Arts in Planning, Public Policy, and Management, but has roots from Michigan, Hawai’i, and California. He brings his ancestors with him every day and his work centers how community can empower an individual to achieve. Geoffrey has worked in different department across U of O as a student for 4 years and hopes to use that experience to improve connections across campus. Outside of work you’ll find Geoffrey playing video games, biking, or exploring his newly discovered hobbies of Samba Reggae and swimming.

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Elizabeth Milner, Academic and Career Advisor


Elizabeth is an advisor in the Scientific Discovery and Sustainability Flight Path within Tykeson College and Career Advising, and is part of the Science, Sustainability and Health Residential Community located in Unthank Hall.  Elizabeth holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and a M.A. degree in Linguistics from University College London.  Elizabeth is a member of the Queer Ally Coalition and of the Ducks On The Air ham radio club, and has been part of the UO community since 2010.  When not at work Elizabeth might be reading science fiction, riding a recumbent trike, weaving, or making something out of wood.

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Scientific Discovery & Sustainability Majors

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Data Science
  • Earth Sciences


  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geography
  • Marine Biology


  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Physics

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