We've recently awarded our second round of MSI Student Awards! Please take a look below to see the recipients!

2020 Recipients 

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, internships, other experiential experiences/courses) directly related to academic pursuits; 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.

For full consideration, apply by February 23, 2020.

Closing date is March 8, 2020.

We anticipate announcing awards in mid-March.

To apply:

 Complete the MSI Student Award Application found HERE [CLOSED]

 Questions? CONTACT Cynthia Leonard, MSI Academic Advisor 

Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies

(CIMRS) Fellowship for Undergraduate Excellence

in Coastal and Ocean Studies

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.

Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS)

represents a strong, long-term, NOAA-OSU partnership dedicated to research in marine sciences, graduate and public education, and cooperation with regional industries and communities that are dependent on marine resources. CIMRS is the only OSU research institute that provides both grant administration and personnel review in the manner of an academic department.  

Research foci of CIMRS address living and non-living marine resources and involves programs that engage in environmental sampling or observing above and within the ocean as well as those that characterize seafloor geology, habitats and ecosystems. This focus encompasses broad fields across the marine environment including fisheries geological/chemical/biological/fisheries oceanography, ecology, ‘omics, ecosystem-based management, marine mammal and other acoustics, the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems, as well as social science aspects related to everything marine.


Marine Studies

The undergraduate degree will explore the dynamic relationship between people and the marine environment—how people affect the ocean and, in turn, how the ocean affects humans. The degree program is for students who seek a liberal arts education and are keenly aware of the importance of the human dimension, broadly defined, of the marine environment in understanding the growing challenges and opportunities for the sustainability of our oceans and coasts. Students will gain expertise and understanding of the social, cultural and economic issues currently faced by coasts and oceans, at regional, national, and international levels, while grounded in foundational knowledge of the marine natural systems. This degree is currently under development, with anticipated availability in Winter 2020.


NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has a 3-fold mission:

1. To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts;

2. To share that knowledge and information with others; and

3. To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.



Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS) Fellowship for Undergraduate Excellence in Coastal and Ocean Studies

Applications due to LeAnne.Rutland@oregonstate.edu by September 1, 2019.

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.



Schedule of Dates:

  • Application due: September 1, 2019

  • 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).


Additional details: available from LeAnne.Rutland@oregonstate.edu at 541-867-2059