Nearly 300 high-achieving, civic-minded high school students from 10 nations will convene Aug. 9 through 13 at Oregon State University for the International Baccalaureate World Student Conference.
The 2010 conference has a theme, “Sharing our Humanity,” and six topics, or areas of focus, including the fight against global poverty, peacekeeping and conflict prevention, universal education, fighting infectious disease, the digital divide, environmental concerns and natural disaster prevention.
Oregon has 17 high schools that have been approved for International Baccalaureate membership and most are sending students to the conference at OSU. In addition to coursework and conferences, students pursuing IB certification must complete an extensive research-based writing requirement and participate in intensive community service activities.
Oregon last year became one of 16 states to adopt statewide IB policies for entering students.
While at OSU, the IB students will visit the university’s Tsunami Wave Basin, Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and attend an outdoor Shakespearean play on campus.