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Funding & Research Opportunities


Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholar, AnnaRose Adams

Oregon State University offers its undergraduate and graduate students, as well as students from colleges and universities across the country, opportunities to engage in cutting edge research, policy, engagement, and outreach in marine science and engineering. A variety of internships and fellowships offered through our academic colleges, institutes, centers, and affiliate programs, allow students to work alongside academic scientists, state and federal agency personnel, and policy makers in an engaging and collaborative fashion. As one of the top oceanographic and marine science universities in the country, Oregon State University believes in the value of learning through experience. The following opportunities are just a few examples of how students can gain experiences that supplement the learning process and provide segues to future careers in marine science.   

Undergraduate & Graduate Students

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

The college of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) offers several different research opportunities to graduates and undergraduates:

  • Graduate students: CEOAS offers research opportunities and funding to its graduate students in the areas of ocean, earth, and atmospheric sciences; marine resource management; geology; geography. All projects are associated with a CEOAS faculty member.
  • Undergraduate students: The CEOAS Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program offers paid internships to students from across the U.S. who are interested in conducting hands-on research in areas such as Geophysics, Physical Oceanography, Chemical Oceanography, Marine Biology and Ecology, Marine Geology, Estuarine Ecology, and Biogeochemistry, among others. This is a ten week summer program offered at two locations: the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences in Corvallis.


Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS)

The Cooperative Institute for Marine Resources Studies (CIMRS) fosters collaborative research between NOAA and OSU in fisheries, ecosystem studies, aquaculture, oceanography, and marine-resource technology. CIMRS facilitates student internships, assistantships, and workshops.


Oregon Sea Grant

Sea Grant Scholars: Oregon Sea Grant regularly offers graduate and undergraduate fellowships and occasional internships, as funding is available. The  Oregon program also handles screening and selection for a number of fellowships offered through the National Sea Grant office. Read about current Sea Grant fellows and subscribe to the Oregon Sea Grant Fellowship Announcement email list.


Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans

The Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) offers a unique opportunity to obtain cross-disciplinary training in the marine sciences and ecology. The four universities participating in PISCO provide educational programs, jobs, and internships at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels under the guidance of leading scientists from diverse fields.



A number of other marine science related research internships and opportunities are offered through OSU's colleges and departments. Visit individual academic unit websites for more information about these opportunities.


Undergraduate Students

Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC)

The Hatfield Marine Science Center offers a variety of internships and research opportunities to undergraduates, community college, and high school students. Potential research areas include: collection and analysis of fish/zooplankton; marine predator/prey studies; Pacific halibut ecology/behavior studies; physical oceanography; science education and informal learning; and science communication and outreach. In addition, the Free-Choice Learning Lab, operated by Oregon Sea Grant at the HMSC Visitor Center, has opportunities for graduate students interested in careers in marine education and aquarium/animal husbandry scienes.


Native Americans in Science, Engineering, and Natural Resources (NASENR)

Native Americans in Science, Engineering, and Natural Resources (NASENR) is a collaborative effort between the College of Agricultural Sciences, the College of Engineering, the College of Forestry, the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, and the College of Science.  Funded by these five Colleges, Oregon State University, and the National Science Foundation, this program was established to provide paid internship opportunities for Native American and Alaskan Native undergraduate students. The ultimate goal of the program is to prepare Native American and Alaskan Native students for graduate school by increasing the number of such students earning bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).


O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory (OHWRL)

George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program: The O.H. Hindsdale Wave Research Laboratory is proud to be a research site for undergraduates conducting research through this paid, 10-week summer research program. Students work alongside faculty mentors to conduct research projects that draw upon the intersection of coastal engineering, physical oceanography, and computer science. Research topics typically address ocean processes and the mitigation of natural hazards, particularly tsunamis and coastal storms.


Professional and Managerial Internships in State Employment (PROMISE)

The Professional and Managerial Internships in State Employment (PROMISE) program is designed to provide Oregon State University juniors and seniors with professional, managerial, or technical paid work experience in state and local government agencies. Several marine science related opportunities often become available through this program. Minority students are encouraged to apply as the goal of the program is to increase the pool of applicants currently under-represented in state and local governments. PROMISE interns work full time for a 10 week period.



For more information about undergraduate research opportunities and funding, visit the Oregon State Undergraduate Research Framework (OSURF).

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