The Oregon State University Forensics Team competes regionally, nationally, and internationally in individual events and international public debate. Individual events are public speaking and oral interpretation events that students prepare ahead of competitions. International public debate is an extemporaneous format, modeled on LD-style debate, where students are given a choice of five topics each round.

Students prepare for debate by keeping abreast of current events and participating in practice debates before competitions. The team is coached by the Director of Forensics, Mark Porrovecchio, and his graduate assistants from the Speech Communication area of the School of Arts & Communication. The team is open to any undergraduate student in good academic standing.

The primary purpose of participation in forensics is to gain skills in public speaking and argumentation. Forensics participation is one of the primary extra-curricular activities employers look for on resumes since it means an applicant possesses self-confidence, communication skills, organizational and time management skills.

Why compete? It is as simple as learning to speak for yourself . . . and with others. Click here to contact the team for more information.