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Now Taking Applications for 2018-19 PETE Project

Calling all new College of Human Sciences students for 2018-2019 to apply for The PETE Project! New students at OSU in the College of Human Sciences have a living learning community housing option. This community, named The PETE Project, is in traditional style living on the first floor of the West Commons building, the newest student housing on campus.

New students at OSU majoring in a degree offered in the College of Human Sciences can apply. Participants say that The PETE Project was one of the best decisions of their first year at OSU. The PETE Project provides many experiences and creates benefits for students that can be useful well after graduation.

Watch a two minute video about The PETE Project


  • Experiences that form instant bonds at the beginning of the year
  • Several people you know before classes begin that will be in your courses
  • A sense of family at OSU
  • Encouragement, support and the resources to succeed at OSU
  • Formal leadership opportunities within the group and involvement in student organizations
  • Service learning and volunteering experiences


  • Instant connections and friendships within your major and academic college
  • Easy to form study groups for your classes
  • Access to mentors that can answer your questions at any time
  • A group GPA almost one point higher on a 4.0 scale than the average freshman on campus due to an atmosphere of help and encouragement
  • Future leaders at OSU and within the College of Human Sciences
  • Confident and resourceful students

Fast Facts:

  • The group consists of 35 students and 3 Student Academic Mentors
  • Almost 50% of our group is from out-of-state
  • Located on the 1st floor of West Commons with a 24-hour service desk for easy assistance
  • Access to a full size kitchen on our floor and located next to several dining options

Application Process:

  • Declare a major in the College of Human Sciences
  • Complete the Residential Life housing application
  • Complete The PETE Project application in your undergraduate admissions portal

Selection & Cost:

Students will be selected on a rolling basis beginning in late January. If you are interested, you should apply! After selection, there is an $85 program fee.

For more information please contact Scott King in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University at or at 405-744-9386.



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SAM Applications Due January 31!

The Student Academic Mentor (SAM) applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are due Wednesday, January 31. Interviews will occur in early February for the three (3) SAM positions that need to be filled.

PETE Project SAM Application 2018-2019

The PETE Project is a way for new students at OSU in the College of Human Sciences to easily connect with fellow students, learn new skills and become better prepared academically for their OSU experience. SAMs are active in making all of those items occur. By being a fellow student living with them for the year providing tips, information and a person to talk to about the transition to OSU, SAMs impact PETE Project participants in a meaningful way that can make a life long impact.

If you love helping others and can relate to students having some difficulty in their adjustment to college, then this may be a great opportunity for you. In addition to this amazing mentorship opportunity that will teach you many life and career skills, this position offers a $4,000 scholarship for the year and an opportunity for some additional scholarships based on academic performance. SAMs will live in a private room on the 1st floor of the West Commons Residential Hall with the PETE Project participants. The PETE Project is also an OSU student organization and SAMs serve as officers in our student organization.

SAMs have bi-weekly SAM meetings with the PETE Project Coordinator and Teaching Assistant. SAMs also lead small groups seven times per semester for about an hour at a time selected by the entire group once the semester begins. We also have SAMs participate in our large group meetings that occur five times per semester on Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm.

If you have any questions about SAM responsibilities or any thing related to The PETE Project please do not hesitate to contact me at or at 405-744-9386. I’m also happy to meet you face to face in 101 Human Sciences.

Scott King

The PETE Project Coordinator

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Fall GPA Breaks Records!!

After a much needed, restful winter break the P.E.T.E. Project came back for our first meeting of the new spring semester to find out their hard work from the fall paid off. The participants ended the fall semester with a record breaking cumulative group GPA of a 3.51!! This is the highest semester group GPA in the history of the P.E.T.E. Project and well worth celebrating! As a surprise for all of their hard work, the group was presented with a brand-new toaster, which they had been wanting for the community kitchen. Bagel and toaster strudel party soon perhaps??

To kick off the meeting, we ate Stillwater’s famous Hideaway Pizza including classic favorites such as cheese and pepperoni and as well as the group specialty pizza favorite, the Mediterranean. Our awesome SAMs, put together a fun game of Jeopardy that tested how well the participants knew each other as well as the SAMs, our coordinator Scott, and graduate assistant Jordan. Throughout the remainder of the meeting we discussed ideas for programming in upcoming big meetings, that will include taking the StregnthsQuest assessment and learning more about our own unique strengths as well as polishing up our resumes to be ready to apply for positions on campus in the coming year. We wrapped up the meeting with gathering in our small committees and the groups brainstormed some cool ideas for the group to engage in throughout the semester (one of which may have involved puppies!!). It was a great evening together, and we are looking forward to our next big meeting in February where we will be talking about healthy relationships!



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P.E.T.E Projects First Homecoming!!

It was such an exciting few weeks as the P.E.T.E Project Community participated for the 1st time as a Student Organization in Homecoming Sweepstakes!! Community Members spent countless hours on signs for Sea of Orange Parade, “Walk of Fame Board” for  the Sign Competition, and even preparing to share the fun and knowledge of Emotional Intelligence at the Harvest Carnival. Although we did not place top three, inside sources say we did EXCELLENT (especially for a first time student organization).  One thing is for sure it was a great time for Fun, Spirit, and Community Building! GO POKES!!!!         Check out some of the pictures from Homecoming Week Below!!

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No one will be stealing our candy!!!

Alex Evers of Stillwater Marital joined the P.E.TE. Project Community for some awesome self defense tips.  This self defense workshop left us feeling informed and empowered with little worry that if anyone tried to steal our candy this Halloween it would definitely not be an easy task! The good times and laughs were plenty and more importantly  we learned plenty of tactics to protect and defend ourselves even through a casual “walk in the park.” From breaking wood blocks with our bare hands (Micheal “First Try” Masucci…YOU ROCK) to escaping bear hugs and two hand holds the good times kept coming. This was a great night for self improvement and community building. Look out for upcoming Service Project Post up next!


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15 Tips for Next Year’s P*E*T*E Project Members…

As a parting gift, the 2016-2017 PETE Project group wished to leave some wisdom gained through their first year experience at OSU.  Here is a list of the top 15 tips from the P*E*T*E Project Community:

  1. Take advantage of LASSO.
  2. Use to save money on books or other creative ways to cut textbook costs.
  3. Write assignments in your planner at the beginning of the semester and then use the planner!
  4. Get at least one persons number from each of your classes so you always have someone to ask emergency assignment and test questions.
  5. Look at each class syllabus before the semester to do any pre-class work like reading.
  6. Visit professors during office hours to make connections and so they remember you.
  7. Always check your email before class because you may need to bring certain supplies or your professor may have cancelled class.
  8. Take advantage of Pete’s Pet Posse to find a dog to play with on campus if you are feeling lonely.
  9. Utilize the writing center for all your papers! Not many people do and professors LOVE when students use their services!
  10. Don’t pull all nighters. You have to sleep or you won’t do well on your tests.
  11. Some professors don’t seem very nice in class, but their personalities are much more friendly during office hours. Not being scared of your professor makes the class easier, so visit with them away from class.
  12. Take advantage of potential secret bonuses, by showing up to every class.
  13. Check the weather before class and get a backpack with a pocket on each side. One for a water bottle and one for an umbrella.
  14. Never procrastinate because life may surprise you!
  15. Use your meal plan to treat yourself to Rancher’s Club or Taylor’s when you’ve had a rough week or just because you deserve it!

Good luck in the fall!


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P*E*T*E Project Members and Research!

A couple of P*E*T*E Project members have been busy this semester striving for excellence in research! Katherine Metzinger and Lizzie Johnson showcased research at OSU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and Kathleen Briggs Human Sciences Undergraduate Scholars Forum . This is quiet an impressive task, especially as freshman, and the P*E*T*E Project is so excited for these two ladies. As a testimony to her hard work and dedication to research, Katherine was recognized for the project with “Greatest Potential” by college of Human Sciences faculty and staff! Additionally, Lizzie was interviewed by OSU President Burns Hargis for a recent edition of Inside OSU! Below is a highlight of Katherine and Lizzie’s work! Great Job ladies. We are so proud! GO POKES!!

Katherine's Research

Title: Astaxanthin Regulates Systemic Inflammation in Mice

Undergraduate Research Activity: Freshman Research Scholar

Research Advisor: Dr. Daniel Lin

How has your research project impacted your college experience?
My research project has given me an experience that textbooks can’t provide. I had the opportunity to participate in life changing research that contributed to the ever-evolving field of nutrition. I now have a different perspective. Research has taught me to think beyond ‘outside of the box,’ look in the depths, and keep asking questions. In addition, never settle for second best, keep pushing forward and maintain an open mind. Also, research has enhanced my work ethic, grammar, patience, independence, intellectual abilities, and dedication

Lizzie's Research

Title: High Heel Style and Height in Relation to Body Type

Undergraduate Research Activity: Freshman Research Scholar

Research Advisor: Dr. Aditya Jayadas

How has your research project impacted your college experience?
I have learned a lot about how to balance my time and communicate with people more effectively. It has been fun getting to use the Mixed Reality Lab and learning about all the equipment.

View Lizzie’s interview with President Hargis during his visit to the new Mixed Reality Lab in the College of Human Sciences

Lizzie appears near the 8:20 mark of the video.

To find out more about Katherine, Lizzie and other students’ research in Human Sciences follow the link below:


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End of Year Celebration!!

It has been a great year for the 2016-2017 P*E*T*E Project Members and we end the year with a great celebration. The P*E*T*E Project visited OKC Escape. Two groups successfully escaped, one with just seconds left to spare. The Third group (in the hardest room) failed to escape in 60 minutes, but were only 2 clues away. Although we went to different rooms, we had one thing in common, WE HAD A GREAT TIME! We worked up an appetite trying to escape those rooms so we headed over to Bricktown. In Bricktown we ate Zio’s Italian Kitchen and we could not get the bread fast enough! Yummy was the word on everyone’s lips. Although we missed those who could not join us, it was a great last BIG event for the P*E*T*E Project!!  😉

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Spring Service Projects!

Even though the year is quickly ending, P*E*T*E Project Members are still on a mission to make their mark before their last final exam is complete.  On April 21st Seven P*E*T*E Project women volunteered at Payne County Youth Services: An Evening to Remember. Payne County Youth Services (PCYS) hosted the fundraising event in order to raise profits to benefit PCYS events and programs. The event included a catered dinner, live and silent auctions, as well as a performance by illusionist David Magee. P*E*T*E Project Members served dinner and helped host the event in various other ways. The service did not end there! On Earth Day members joined the OSU Community in service the community of Stillwater in Spring Into The Streets. It was a great weekend for service and the P*E*T*E Project!!!

Evening to Remember

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Don’t Mess With US!!!!! ;)

This Past Weekend, The P*E*T*E Project Community was joined by Alex Evers of Stillwater Marital who hosted a Self-Defense Workshop!  The message by the end of the night was “don’t mess with us.” The ladies of the P*E*T*E Project left feeling empowered and confident in their ability to protect and defend themselves. While we gained important life skills, the laughs and good times were not in few. From breaking wood blocks with our bare hands (Madi Sanders! YOU ROCK) to giving partners big bear hugs and taking a casual “walk in the park” the good times kept coming. This was a great night for self improvement and community building. Look out for upcoming Service Project Post up next!

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