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 2023 awardees of the Innovation Lab Scholarship and Internship Fund!

Rylin Duster

My name is Rylin Duster and I am a sophomore studying Environmental Science with an emphasis in Aquatic Biology. I transferred to Oregon State University this year, moving across the country from a small town in Illinois. I spend much of my free time exploring in nature, reading, practicing yoga, and going on roadtrips with my friends!

I strongly look forward to this internship for countless reasons, but mainly because of the opportunity it provides to learn and grow academically. Having the space to work with differing machines and scientists may really help me understand my own career goals as a woman in STEM. What I hope to learn I hope to gain a better understanding of engineering practices, as I have not done much studying in such fields. I am also really excited to learn about the processes that are taken by researchers and apply them into my own work.

Ever since moving to Corvallis, my new favorite escape place is definitely Fitton Green. My friends and I visit weekly to catch the sunset, enjoy some old growth beauty, or stretch our legs with a nice walk.

My favorite OSU experience really has to do with all of the doors that have opened for me since moving here. I have been really lucky to get into polar science undergraduate research, this internship, and a
research trip to Greece and Spain studying the Hellenic Volcanic Arc. Attending OSU has allowed so many amazing opportunities to come into fruition, which never would have happened had I not transferred here.

My favorite comfort food is a tofu poke bowl - one of my favorites to make!

Cody Spring

I'm Cody, a dedicated student pursuing a degree in Computer Science at Oregon State University. With an interest in environmental challenges, I am eager to explore the intricate relationship between humans and the ocean. Through my studies, I aim to contribute to the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources.

I'm thrilled about the Roundhouse internship and the opportunities it holds. I'm looking forward to diving into real-world projects that address critical environmental challenges. Working alongside experts in the field, I can't wait to learn about innovative approaches to marine ecosystem management and conservation.

During the Roundhouse internship, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the complex connections between human activities and the marine environment. I aspire to acquire practical skills in data analysis, research methodologies, and project development. Armed with these skills, I plan to drive positive change and promote sustainable practices in my future career.

When I need an escape, one of my favorite getaway places is the vibrant city of Vancouver, BC. It's the perfect blend of natural beauty and urban excitement. I love exploring the lush Stanley Park and immersing myself in the diverse food scene. Vancouver's proximity to breathtaking mountains and stunning beaches offers endless outdoor adventures, from skiing on Grouse Mountain to enjoying leisurely walks along the shore. Vancouver has a special place in my heart as a destination where I can relax, recharge, and experience the best of both city life and nature's wonders.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of my time at OSU was the opportunity to participate in a variety of intramural sports. Among them, my absolute favorite was playing volleyball. The IM sports program at OSU provided a fantastic platform for students like me to engage in friendly competition and stay active.

Joining a volleyball team allowed me to connect with fellow students who shared a love for the sport. Whether it was the thrill of spiking the ball, the joy of a well-executed serve, or the teamwork required to strategize and win matches, each game brought an immense sense of satisfaction and camaraderie.

In terms of comfort food, there's nothing quite like a warm bowl of macaroni and cheese. Its cheesy goodness never fails to lift my spirits and provide the perfect comfort during long study sessions or chilly evenings.

When it comes to favorite cartoon or comic book characters, my top pick is Iron Man. There's something undeniably captivating about Tony Stark's genius intellect, charismatic personality, and his powerful suit of armor. Iron Man's ability to use technology to overcome challenges and fight for justice has always inspired me. His relentless determination, combined with his wit and charm, make him an iconic superhero. Whether it's his incredible inventions or his fearless acts of heroism, Iron Man continues to be a symbol of resilience and innovation.

I am grateful for the opportunities provided by the Roundhouse internship and OSU, and I look forward to making a positive impact in the world of marine studies.

Baxter Millsap

My name is Baxter Millsap, but I usually go by Bax. I’m a senior here at OSU pursuing a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. I’ve lived in Missouri for most of my life, but through the scholarship/internship I have been able to relocate to the Oregon coast to pursue my passion of marine biology.

After my first week I can definitely say that I am looking forward to learning so many different skills that I never thought I would learn during my time at OSU. I’m also super grateful and excited to meet so many amazing new people and learn from them! What you hope to learn from the Roundhouse internship and apply to the future I’d say I’m most excited to learn 3D design and printing and being able to build effective skills in media production. These skills will be invaluable as I move forward towards a future career and open so many doors.

So far my favorite place to destress and escape for a bit has been any and every beach I can find. I’ve been landlocked back home for a long time so I’m living the dream being minutes away from a variety of beautiful coastal escapes.

Being selected for this internship has taken me from an online learning environment to being able physically learn and experience a majority of the subjects I’ve learned about and will be learning about in the future. This opportunity and just being part of the OSU community has been my favorite part. The amount of resources I’ve been provided with during my time here has been incredibly motivational and reassured me anytime I’ve had doubts about my path.

As you can see from my picture, I am a huge fan of a delicious bowl of ramen noodles. If I could, I would probably eat them every day!

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 1, 2023
  • April 1, 2024


  • December 3, 2023
  • May 1, 2024


  • December 15, 2023
  • May 12, 2024


Contact: [email protected]