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 2024 awardees of the Innovation Lab Scholarship and Internship Fund!

Paige Foust

My name is Paige Foust, I am a Senior pursuing a degree in Marine Biology with a certificate in
Geographic Information Science (GIS). I transferred to Oregon State University in Spring of 2022,
from a small town in Montana. I enjoy being outside, exploring what is around me, reading, and
being around my family.
I am looking forward to this internship and the opportunities it provides. Having a space to
collaborate with experts in this field can help me grow and understand certain skill sets that I can
utilize in my career. What I hope to learn from this internship is to get more hands-on experience in
engineering practices, data analysis, and project development. I am also excited to learn about the
different processes of learning about real work problems and developing ideas to help address
environmental challenges.
Ever since moving to Corvallis, my favorite escape place would be any beach I can find. I have grown
up in landlocked states my whole life, so I am beyond grateful to be so close to the ocean. I love to
be able to catch sunsets, relax, and experience the adventures along the coast.
My favorite OSU experience so far would be the number of resources I have been provided since
moving here. I have been extremely fortunate to gain experience in intertidal research and
fieldwork, this internship, and research experience in ecology with my professor. OSU has an
amazing community and opportunities for its students, and I am very thankful to have transferred to
this school.
My favorite comfort food would have to be tater tot casserole.

Sophia Stavrianeas

My name is Sophia Stavrianeas - I am a Mechanical Engineering student in my third year at
Oregon State. My focus is in Manufacturing Engineering and Product Design, and I am looking
forward to gaining hands-on experience in the iLab that I can apply to my future career. Born
and raised in Salem, OR, I am a fan of cozy coffee shops, chocolate cake, and lazy Sundays.
I hope that, through this internship, I will gain valuable experience that can help me in my future
career. My primary interest is to explore ways in which research can be conducted through
sustainable and accessible pathways. This includes societal engagement in projects, the
development of affordable research that others may be able to reproduce, and engagement with
members of underserved groups.
My favorite “escape place” is downtown Newport. Growing up, my grandparents had a beach
house in the area, so I have many memories of enjoying the bay and spending time along the
boardwalk. Spending a weekend at the beach was always a peaceful way to escape, listen to
the sea lions yelling, and soak in Newport’s charm.
One of my favorite experiences at OSU so far has been meeting two of my closest friends. They
are funny, kind, and honest. I am grateful every day to have had their friendship during my time
at OSU. My favorite comfort food is a good burger, hands down. Bonus points if it’s served with
avocado on top and some salty fries on the side.


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]