Marine Studies Initiative Student Awards

The Marine Studies Initiative (MSI) is pleased to announce new Marine Studies Initiative Student Awards. These awards recognize and reward OSU undergraduate students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship and pursuits consistent with the transdisciplinary, collaborative, experiential learning and outreach vision and mission of MSI. We anticipate MSI Student Awards to be an annual opportunity continuing in future years, the amount dependent upon fund availability. To advance understanding of the complex social, cultural, historical, and economic nature of the marine environment, preference will be given to students studying these human dimensions of the coasts and ocean.

These Marine Studies Awards may be used to further the student’s marine-related academic pursuits and experiences including, for example, travel costs to professional meetings and interviews, textbooks, memberships to online academic software, and travel costs, supplies and expenses related to a student’s undergraduate transdisciplinary research or entrepreneurial project. MSI Student Awards will be up to $500.

The MSI Student Awards are awarded using the following guidelines:

  • Description of how your academics, activities and work experience fit the mission of MSI:  to create a healthy future for our ocean and the planet through innovative approaches involving collaboration, experiential learning, engagement with society and problem solving (1 page only)

  • Marine-related campus, community or professional activities (included in 1-page description)

  • Preference will be given to students studying human dimensions of the ocean and coasts.


Deadline to apply is May 15, 2019. We anticipate announcing awards in early June 2019.

To apply:

 Complete the MSI Student Award Application found HERE 

 Questions? CONTACT Cynthia Leonard, MSI Academic Advisor