Supporting Marine Innovation at OSU

With the generous support of the Roundhouse Foundation, this scholarship and internship, students will get the opportunity to utilize the new Innovation Lab at the Marine Studies Building at Hatfield to experience hands-on learning that will support their educational and career goals.

The Roundhouse Foundation Marine Studies Innovation Lab Scholarship and Internship Fund


With the generous support of the Roundhouse Foundation, this award supports Oregon State University undergraduate students in their second year or more of study who are participating in a paid internship with the Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) Innovation Lab (iLab) in Newport, Oregon. Recipients will be students in any college at Oregon State University who are interested in developing the programs and operations of the HMSC iLab. Students are considered for both the internship and the scholarship based on their application for the scholarship.

The internship includes a Roundhouse Foundation Marine Studies Innovation Lab Scholarship award for the Winter and Spring terms, a paid hourly position at the HMSC iLab during the Winter, Spring, and Fall terms (approximately 8 hours per week), a paid position with a stipend for housing at HMSC during the Summer term, and access to up to $1,000 that can be used for supplies, travel, etc. to support iLab-related projects.


Congratulations to the awardees of the Innovation Lab Scholarship and Internship Fund!

Genevieve Coblentz-Strong

Genevieve is a second-year undergraduate student at Oregon State University where she is pursuing degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Science. She plans to pursue a career in ocean engineering, a field in which she hopes to make scientific and technological advancements that will further our understanding of the ocean and climate.

Growing up near the beach, Genevieve's passion and wonder about everything to do with the ocean started at a very young age and sparked her interest in marine science. As a teen, she participated in many ocean-related activities, including serving for five years as a youth volunteer interpreter at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and as captain of the Aquarium's National Ocean Science Bowl Team. She contributed to research projects at-sea in the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. These experiences contributed to her decision to combine her passion for the ocean with engineering design. 

Genevieve is a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and Oregon State University's Ocean11 club. Outside of school, Genevieve serves on the board of Friends of Otter Rock Marine Reserve, an Oregon non-profit organization focused on marine preservation through public education, community outreach, citizen science, and interpretive programs. Genevieve is thrilled to be the recipient of the Roundhouse Foundation Marine Studies Program Innovation Lab Scholarship and Internship Fund. She is excited about the mentoring opportunity at the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building Innovation lab and the experience to acquire and apply skills in engineering design that will build a strong foundation for her post-graduation career. She also looks forward to collaborating with researchers, scientists, the community, and other engineers. 

Genevieve's favorite escape places are the beach and tidepools of Otter Rock Marine Reserve. She loves putting her feet in the sand and watching waves crash. The tidepools there offer a glimpse into the amazing variety of marine life that lies beyond the shoreline. Genevieve always enjoys the peaceful feeling there.

Her favorite OSU experience so far is participating in campus swing dances every other week. During those well-known stressful nights of college, Genevieve always reaches for her favorite comfort food: a bar of dark chocolate.

Check out Genevieve's Poster here.


View Genevieve’s Final Summary here.

Spencer Tanenholtz

My name is Spencer Tanenholtz and I'm a freshman this year at Oregon State. I am studying Ecological Engineering and Oceanography. I'm from Colorado, but I love being around the ocean and traveling the world, and I am an avid scuba diver - I try to go diving at any opportunity. I love learning (especially about science), and I spent a lot of my time in high school volunteering in education programs at museums and other organizations.

In this internship, I'm so excited to be able to work and play in Newport. I love tinkering and I love the ocean even more, so I think the Roundhouse internship is a perfect fit. This opportunity is almost like a lifelong dream for me, and I'm looking forward to learning new things and being able to do the things I love. 

In this internship, I'm hoping to learn hands-on skills more than anything. I love science and engineering, but I want to be able to apply those passions to my future career, and I think this will be an amazing opportunity for me to learn the skills necessary to do so. 

My favorite escape place is the ocean. I love being out at sea or even just at the beach; it's so calm and so beautiful.

My favorite OSU experience so far has been making new friends and living in a new place. It's so refreshing. 

My favorite comfort food is pasta, especially if it has seafood in it. 

Check out Spencer's poster here.


View Spencer’s Final Summary HERE.

Anabel Baker

I am Anabel Baker, an honors undergraduate sophomore in ecological engineering at Oregon State University. I have a strong passion for the ocean. From tidepooling to participating in intertribal Canoe Journey with my Samish relatives, my interest in the marine world is pervasive in nearly every aspect of my life.

Throughout my life, love of the ocean influenced my chosen paths. In high school, I volunteered over 650 hours as a Youth Ocean Advocate and exhibit interpreter at the Seattle Aquarium, and earned my Associate's degree alongside a high school diploma through the Ocean Research College Academy. During this time, I gained experience using oceanographic equipment and processing the data we collected. I also took on a submersible operations internship with OceanGate, which helped ignite my interest in ocean engineering.

At the Roundhouse Foundation Innovation Lab Internship this summer, I hope to add to my knowledge, and go through the engineering process in a setting that sparks my creativity. I have so many questions, ideas, and things I wish to explore at the Marine Studies Building Innovation Lab through the Roundhouse internship. My goal is to gain hands-on experience and apply what I've learned in my engineering classes in the marine environment, a setting that inspires me. I also look forward to learning about how engineers can have interdisciplinary collaborations with other marine fields. Being able to participate in the design process for marine-oriented projects alongside mentors and experts will provide vital experience and knowledge for my future career.

At OSU, I recently had the privilege of touring the Ocean Observing Center while gathering ideas for my Honors undergraduate thesis. It was inspiring and amazing to see the sea gliders being built in the lab, and view the station displaying all the active gliders moving far out to sea.

My favorite escape place is underneath the ferry dock at low tide, especially in the summers when it's hot. This is the only place I've been able to reliably see sea pens in the Seattle area of Puget Sound, and every time I go, they are right there nestled into the sand amidst the pilings. It's been my spot to hide away for years now, and I always feel comforted wading knee deep in the Puget Sound and looking around for my favorite little critters.

When it's cold and rainy, there's nothing better than some good soup. An what is the ocean if not a very big soup?

Check out Anabel's poster here.


Application Details 

Purpose: To support Oregon State University undergraduate students interested in developing the programs and operation of the Innovation Lab at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.

Amount: Up to three awards of $18,640 each. 

Structure: This Roundhouse Foundation-support fund includes three aspects- 

  • OSU student hourly position in Fall, Winter and Spring terms
  • Summer internship with housing at Hatfield Marine Science Center
  • Scholarship



Apply: Students must submit their application through OSU ScholarDollars. The application questions include:

  • Please describe your educational and career goals, how you plan to accomplish them, and how your program(s) of study will facilitate those accomplishments. Please limit your response to no more than 300 words.
  • Please describe how your goals align with the vision and mission of the Innovation Lab. Please limit your response to no more than 300 words.
    • Mission/Vision: The Innovation Lab is a hub for creativity and exploration, a place where ideas can be designed and built.
  • Please describe how your goals align with the vision and mission of the Marine Studies Initiative (view HERE). Please limit your response to no more than 300 words.


  • November 1st, 2021
  • April 1st, 2023


  • December 4th, 2021
  • May 1st, 2022


  • December 16th, 2022
  • May 14th, 2022


Contact: [email protected]