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The Vision

The 3 Sigma Institute was founded in 2002 to address the complex societal and environmental issues facing us today. The Institute is a 501(c)(3) corporation, located in Corvallis, Oregon, that receives funding from private and public sources.

Mission Statement

The 3 Sigma Institute was founded in 2002 to promote science education and research. The 3 Sigma Institute helps people to navigate choices by promoting an understanding of science in everyday life.

3 Sigma has the following objectives:

  1. The general purpose of the Institute is to operate solely and exclusively as a charitable and educational organization to foster a scientific understanding of how human decisions affect natural resources and the quality of life.
  2. Advance public education and enlightenment concerning the world's ecosystems.
  3. Provide an independent forum (from government & academia) for an interchange of scientific ideas and data.
  4. Develop and encourage science as a discipline by supporting student education and research.
  5. Encourage and evaluate educational, scientific, and technological development and advancement in all branches of science.
  6. Encourage knowledgeable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and promote a sustainable economy.

What we do

  1. Promote and organize science events such as workshops, symposia, and science fairs.
  2. We offer hands on workshops to high school teachers and other interested community members.
  3. Support student projects and participation in scientific meetings.
  4. Develop educational materials.
  5. Provide computer instruction and access to spatial data sets.
  6. Provide assistance with data analysis & management.
  7. Provide grant writing assistance.
  8. Perform community outreach to promote sound stewardship of natural resources.
  9. Conduct research and provide student intern positions.

Board of Directors

Ralph Garono, Ph.D.
David Hackleman, Ph.D.
Colette Barron, J.D.
Greta Boye, M.S.


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For more information about 3 Sigma Institute, please contact Ralph Garono.
3 Sigma Institute | P.O. Box 2421 | Corvallis, Oregon 97339
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