Graduate scholarship supports marine-science studies

Applications due: July 18th, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time Next Deadline: Summer 2017

The Oregon Sea Grant College Program is soliciting applications for the 2016-2017 Robert E. Malouf Studies Scholarship. The Malouf Scholarship is awarded to support graduate students who combine societally relevant research with education or public engagement. The student can be enrolled at any College or University in Oregon while working towards a degree in any field compatible with Oregon Sea Grant’s mandate and areas of interest. There are no restrictions on the discipline, which may include, but is not limited to: biological, geological, physical and chemical sciences; marine resource management and policy; legal studies; marine resource economics; social sciences; engineering; geology; education or public health. Oregon Sea Grant plans to award two Malouf Scholarships in 2016: one to a Master’s or professional student and one to a Ph.D. student.

Oregon Sea Grant, founded in 1968 and established at Oregon State University as a Sea Grant College Program in 1971, supports research, outreach, and education that helps people understand, rationally use, and conserve marine and coastal resources. Oregon Sea Grant activities respond to the needs of ocean stakeholders and act to stimulate the Oregon economy. Dr. Robert Malouf was the director of Oregon Sea Grant from 1991 until his retirement in 2008. Through his outstanding leadership Dr. Malouf made the Oregon Sea Grant College Program a benchmark among the thirty-three national Sea Grant programs. Dr. Malouf received his Ph.D. in Fisheries from Oregon State University in 1977. His own area of technical expertise is the biology and ecology of marine bivalve mollusks.

The overriding goals of this Scholarship are:

  • To honor Dr. Malouf’s career and contribution to the Oregon Sea Grant College Program by supporting the efforts of students in marine-related fields whose studies focus on applied research, education, outreach, and broader public engagement with Oregon coastal communities, and in recognition of his own principles, combine these interests.
  • To build the nation’s future capacity in the marine sciences by providing significant contribution to students seeking advanced degrees in marine-related fields.

Eligibile Applicants

The Robert E. Malouf Studies Scholarship is for graduate students – enrolled in a Masters/professional or Ph.D. program in any discipline at any College or University physically located in Oregon – whose emphasis of study is marine-related. Student’s research must align with Oregon Sea Grant’s mission and focus on Oregon’s coastal communities and ecosystems. Masters/professional degree students must be in the first year, or just beginning the second year, of their degree program at the time of award (September 2016). Ph.D. students can be in the first, second, or just beginning the third year of their degree program at the time of award (September 2016). If you are unsure of your eligibility, we encourage you to contact Mary Pleasant at Oregon Sea Grant before putting your application together to discuss and clarify your eligibility: mary.pleasant@oregonstate.edu. If you have applied before, did not receive the scholarship, and are still within the eligibility requirements, we recommend applying again. Students of color, American Indians, non-traditional students, and those from other diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Schedule of Dates:

  • Informational Webinar: June 24, 2016 at 10:00 – 10:30 am PST; register by emailing seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu by June 22nd. (Please include “Webinar: Malouf Scholarship” in the subject line.)
  • Submit intent to apply to seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu by July 5, 2016
  • Application due: July 18, 2016 by 5:00 pm PST
  • Interviews at OSU: late July – early August
  • Decision announced: Mid-August
  • Scholarship begins: September, 2016
  • Period of scholarship: one year

Scholarship Award

The 2016-2017 award amount is not to exceed $10,800 dispersed in 12 monthly payments of $900 beginning September, 2016. The scholarship is for one year and is not renewable; no individual will receive the scholarship more than once.

The scholarship may be used for tuition, supplies, research, travel for field work, attendance at professional and academic meetings, or general living expenses. How funds are used is at the discretion of the recipient.

Application Requirements

Applications that do not follow the formatting guidelines will not be considered. A complete application will include the following 4-5 elements:

1. Current résumé or curriculum vitae (CV). The résumé/CV must be in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1” margins, must not exceed two (2) pages in length, and must include the following elements, as applicable:

  • name and contact information (including address, phone number, and email);
  • GPA and your GRE scores;
  • education history;
  • work and volunteer history;
  • any publications;
  • any funding support, either current or pending, and any previous awards; and,
  • any other résumé /CV information you wish the reviewers to consider.

2. Personal Narrative statement. The narrative statement must be in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1” margins, 1.5 line-spacing, and 3-5 pages in length.

The Personal Narrative should tell Sea Grant why you deserve the scholarship. It may describe your personal background but only as it relates directly to candidacy for the award. The narrative should describe your career plans to the extent that you know them now, as well as how your career goals align with the goals of the Malouf Scholarship. You must describe the focus and relevance of your graduate research and studies to the mission of Oregon Sea Grant. For your application to be successful, your graduate research should be on an applied (rather than theoretical) topic, be societally relevant, and have a strong outreach/public engagement component. If there is anything in your application that might be unclear, particularly if it pertains to eligibility, please use the Personal Narrative to articulate and explain the situation.

How you choose to organize or order your Personal Narrative is up to you. Past successful Personal Narratives, however, generally have included a paragraph or two regarding the student’s research topic and methods, a paragraph describing the education/outreach/ public engagement component of the project (or how the project or results will be used to engage the public), a paragraph on how the Malouf Scholarship can help the student achieve his/her goals, a paragraph describing the student’s academic and career goals and information on how the student’s research, studies and/or goals align with the Oregon Sea Grant mission, although not necessarily in that order. Please note that this list is only a brief description of what previous successful Personal Narratives have included – it is neither comprehensive nor limiting.

3. Copies of official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework, including the courses in which you are currently enrolled. Transcripts must be submitted with your application for your application to be considered. Receiving official transcripts from your school may take longer than expected, so be sure to request them early.

4. If your current enrollment is not reflected in your graduate transcripts, please provide a separate letter of confirmation from your department (or college if there is no department) substantiating your enrollment status or your acceptance as a full-time student in good standing for Fall term, 2016. Applications may be submitted prior to enrollment in your graduate program, as long as the confirmation letter verifies you have been accepted into your department (or college).

5. Two letters of recommendation, one from your major professor, and the other from a professor, advisor, mentor or school administrator who is in a position to comment on your past academic/research performance as well as on your suitability for the scholarship. Letters of recommendation will be submitted separately from the rest of your application, directly from the letter writer. Further instructions on how to submit letters of recommendation via eSeaGrant are forthcoming. Make sure your recommendation writers have sufficient time to get the letter to us on or before the application deadline. Letters of recommendation must arrive by the application deadline for the application to be considered.

How to Apply

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. All application materials must be received by July 18, 2016, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time in order to be considered.

If you plan to apply, you should do the following no later than 2 weeks before the application deadline (by July 5, 2016):

Notify Oregon Sea Grant that you plan on applying by sending a short/simple email expressing your interest to seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu. All emails to Oregon Sea Grant regarding this Fellowship should reference “Malouf Scholarship” in the subject line. ESeaGrant is a new online system we are rolling out for fellowship application submissions. We will use the email address and first and last name you provide in your email of interest to register you for eSeaGrant. Further instructions on submitting your application via eSeaGrant will be emailed directly to you.

Selection Process

Applications are reviewed by a selection committee, usually comprised of 3-5 people appointed by the Research and Scholars Program Leader. Applicants are judged on the quality of writing and ability to articulate academic and professional experiences and goals as they align with this Scholarship; dedication to societally relevant scholarship and the education, outreach, and engagement elements of their projects; and, scholastic achievement and potential as evidenced by academic records and letters of support. After reviewing all eligible applications, the selection committee will interview the top candidates in late July or August. Interviews will be conducted by members of the selection team and by the Oregon Sea Grant Director.

Award Requirements

The recipient(s) of the scholarship will be part of Oregon Sea Grant’s Scholars Program and will be asked to represent Oregon Sea Grant. The recipient provides the Sea Grant office with quarterly updates on her/his academic progress and status. These quarterly updates may be posted to the Oregon Sea Grant Scholars blog. The recipient will also submit a final project report narrative when the scholarship ends and will also provide Sea Grant with an electronic copy of her thesis or project paper upon completion of her degree program. In addition, the recipient may be asked to present her scholarship work in academic or other settings.

Recipients must meet the minimum enrollment requirements for her program of study. Please notify Oregon Sea Grant of any changes to your enrollment status. Monthly payments will cease if the recipient is no longer a full-time graduate student in good standing with her department, college, and/or university. Please note, Malouf Scholarship awardees must declare any federal funding support received during the Scholarship period.

Additional Information

For additional information about Oregon Sea Grant or the Robert E. Malouf Studies Scholarship, explore this Website or email your questions to seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu.