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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 and thanks to generous donor support. 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. Awards can cover expenses related to a student's undergraduate transdisciplinary endeavors, such as specific travel costs to professional meetings, research experiences, courses, internships, other experiential experiences directly related to academic pursuits--e.g., cost of airfare, mileage reimbursements, and field housing; books and supplies purchases; and memberships to online academic software. MSI Student Awards will be up to $500 per award. Awards will be distributed in one of two ways, depending on the nature of the awarded request:  (a) funds moved into student's OSU account, or (b) MSI Office directly pays for travel, books, supplies, etc.

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)

  • Explanation of how the funds would be used, including a budget.
  • Preference will be given to students studying human dimensions of the ocean and coasts.

  • To be eligible, you must be a current OSU undergraduate student at the time of funds being awarded.

Closing date is May 2, 2021.

To apply: 

 Complete the MSI Student Award Application found HERE

 Questions? CONTACT Cynthia Leonard, MSI Academic Advisor

Port Orford Field Station Grants

The OSU Port Orford Field Station is pleased to offer 2021 grant opportunities for students wishing to work in Port Orford this year. These competitive grants are given to those who intend to conduct research, education, and/or community engagement activities that will be supported by the Port Orford Field Station and/or conducted in the Port Orford region. These privately supported grants are available each year, and there are two funds to which students may apply: Who is eligible? Any student or researcher interested in transdisciplinary study of Oregon's south coast ecosystems, with an emphasis on the Port Orford region,is eligible to apply. The OSU Port Orford Field Station encourages applications from individuals from historically underserved communities, including First Nations, First Generation College,First Generation Immigrant, and individuals from Curry County and surrounding counties, with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

The Port Orford Science and Education Support Grant

When: Once per year, in Spring -in 2021, applications are due by April 21st

Amount: Two individuals, one grant of up to $1,000 each

Application HERE --- Submit to Port Orford Field Station Manager at [email protected]

Awarded: Grants will be made by May 21, 2021

The Port Orford Field Station Development Grant

When: Yearly, with quarterly deadlines (see application for details)

Amount: Grants are typically $1,000, but up to $1,400 may be considered with appropriate justification.

Application HERE --- Submit to Port Orford Field Station Manager at [email protected]

Awarded: Grants are made during the year -see application for details.

These grants may be used to further students' or researchers' marine and coastal academic and research pursuits and experiences, with a focus on Oregon's south coast, and in particular on Port Orford. Grants can cover expenses related to field research, education, and outreach and engagement efforts, including travel and lodging, equipment, vessel or other support. Salary, benefits, and tuition payments are not supported.Port Orford Science and Education Support Fund grants are distributed by the OSU Foundation.

Port Orford Field Station Development Fund grants are distributed by the Agricultural Research Foundation. Both funds may be dispersed by reimbursement of expenses, or by direct transfer to pay fees, in accordance with the budget submitted as part of the application process. Other arrangements may be made as needed to ensure proposed costs associated with the work are covered.Applications to both funds are reviewed and evaluated by the Port Orford Field Station Advisory Board, with recommendations to the Port Orford Field Station Manager, and approval by the Executive Director of the Marine Studies Initiative.

To apply, complete one of the following applications: Port Orford Science and Education Support Fund (due April 21, 2021) Port Orford Field Station Development Fund (quarterly deadlines -see application) Questions? Contact Tom Calvanese, Station Manager, Port Orford Field Station 541.366.2500 (office) or 541.366.8512 (mobile) or [email protected]

Captain Ronald and Maryellen Tipper Marine Studies Scholarship

Purpose: To support students in the College of Liberal Arts enrolled in the Marine Studies undergraduate degree program who have demonstrated financial need.

Amount: Up to two awards of $1,000 each

Criteria: The candidate must be a full-time student in the College of Liberal Arts enrolled in the Marine Studies undergraduate degree program

Application: 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 your current financial situation and how you plan to pay your educational costs in the upcoming year. You also may include information about any significant personal challenges and/or unusual circumstances that may affect your ability to pay for college. Please limit your response to no more than 300 words.
  • Please describe how your goals align with the vision and mission of the Marine Studies Initiative (See marinestudies.oregonstate.edu/about). Please limit your response to no more than 300 words.

Opens: November 15

Closes: March 21

Awarded: April 21 

Eugene and Linda Williamson Marine Studies Scholarship

Purpose: To support students in the College of Liberal Arts enrolled in the Marine Studies undergraduate degree program who have demonstrated financial need.

Amount: Up to two awards of $1,000 each

Criteria: The candidate must be a full-time student in the College of Liberal Arts enrolled in the Marine Studies undergraduate degree program

Application: 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 your current financial situation and how you plan to pay your educational costs in the upcoming year. You also may include information about any significant personal challenges and/or unusual circumstances that may affect your ability to pay for college. Please limit your response to no more than 300 words.
  • Please describe how your goals align with the vision and mission of the Marine Studies Initiative (See marinestudies.oregonstate.edu/about). Please limit your response to no more than 300 words.

Opens: November 15

Closes: March 21

Awarded: April 21 

Excellence, Diversity, & Achievement

 

The Marine Studies Initiative recognizes student excellence, diversity, and achievement through an array of scholarship and award opportunities. Our goal is to increase opportunities for students to gain access to the ocean and coasts.

CIMRS Undergraduate Fellowship

Two fellowships to support undergraduate training in marine studies at OSU

Amount:  $7,000

Deadline: November 15, 2020

Two $7,000 fellowships are available from Coastal Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS) for undergraduate students with interdisciplinary interests, such as intersections between social and natural sciences and natural resource management, working towards a BA or BS. Each Fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (mentors) from both NOAA and OSU who may provide data for the Fellow's study, serve on the student's advisory committee, and host a summer internship associated with a NOAA facility. NOAA Mentors will be from participating NOAA Science Centers or Offices. Applications due Sunday, November 15.

For more information contact LeAnne Rutland ([email protected] or 541-867-2059) or visit https://cimrs.oregonstate.edu/students.

Purpose of Fellowship: Two $7,000 fellowships are available to support undergraduate training associated with marine studies at Oregon State University. We encourage applications from students with interdisciplinary interests, such as intersections between social and natural sciences and natural resource management. Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS) intention is that this support is channeled toward those students who have future career interests related to some aspect of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) mission: Science, Service and Stewardship. The Science aspect focuses on understanding and predicting changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts. Service means sharing or the communication of NOAA’s research, data, information for use by the Nation’s businesses, communities and people’s daily lives. Stewardship focuses on conserving and managing coastal and marine ecosystems and resources, NOAA directly using its knowledge to protect people and the environment. More details about the NOAA mission can be found at https://www.noaa.gov/our-mission-and-vision.

Applications that identify transdisciplinary learning interests related to specific aspects of the NOAA enterprise, as well as NOAA and OSU colleagues with whom they would like to work, will be more competitive.

The overall goals of the Program are to 1) encourage training opportunities for those interested in NOAA mission related careers; 2) increase available expertise related to living and non-living marine resource conservation and management decisions; 3) foster closer relationships between undergraduate students and NOAA; and 4) provide real-world transdisciplinary experience to undergraduate students that accelerates their career development.

The Fellowships provide $7,000 support for undergraduate students with interdisciplinary interests, such as intersections between social and natural sciences and natural resource management, working towards a BA or BS. Each Fellow will be required to work closely with an expert (mentors) from both NOAA and OSU who may provide data for the Fellow's study, serve on the student's advisory committee, and host a summer internship associated with a NOAA facility. NOAA Mentors will be from participating NOAA Science Centers or Offices.

Application due: November 15, 2020

  • Cover letter (addressing above)
  • Resume
  • Letter of Support from OSU Faculty/Advisor
  • Letter of Support from NOAA Mentor
  • Contact details for three professional references
  • Copy of informal transcript
  • Three examples of your writing to demonstrate your ability to explain concepts
  • Fellowship typically begins at the start of the OSU fall term, but could start earlier if needed (for example to accommodate summer work)
  • Period of fellowship: one year and will be awarded in two increments of $3,500 through student accounting to cover costs associated with attending OSU.
  • Student is expected to submit his or her work to a peer-reviewed publication and present it via a verbal presentation and/or poster session (e.g., State of the Coast conference).

Eligibility: Prospective Fellows may be from any marine-related program but preference will be given to those with interdisciplinary interests, such as intersections between social and natural sciences and natural resource management.

Additional details: available from [email protected] at 541-867-2059

Awards, Scholarships, & other Opportunities

Marine Studies Initiative Awards HERE

Hatfield Marine Science Center Funding and Scholarship Opportunities HERE

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science Awards and Scholarships HERE

College of Science Awards and Scholarships HERE

College of Agriculture Sciences Scholarships HERE

Oregon State University Scholarships HERE