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Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars

2011 summer scholar Joanne Choi helped set up and study artificial breeding habitats for oystersA summer program for undergraduates

Applications Due:  Program on hold for 2014. Please check back in early 2015

Purpose:  To prepare undergraduate students for graduate school and careers in marine science, policy, management, and outreach.

Oregon Sea Grant is excited to announce our fourth annual Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program to prepare students for graduate school and careers in marine science, policy, management, and outreach. This ten-week program places high caliber junior and senior undergraduate students from around the country with public agencies (federal, state, and local) to provide students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional. The goal of the program is to offer students professional skills, agency workplace experience and real life practice in marine resource science, policy, management, and outreach, as well as to support agency programs and initiatives.

Ultimately, the Oregon Sea Grant Undergraduate Summer Scholars program will increase the number of graduates who are work ready, trained in public agency marine program areas, and able to apply marine science, policy, management, and outreach skills to the most pressing coastal and ocean issues facing Oregon and the nation.
Student scholars can assist host agencies with field work, lab work, analysis, research, policy development, and/or outreach and public engagement efforts. 

Eligibility:  Any undergraduate student who will have completed the equivalent of two years of full time study and is currently enrolled in any U.S. college or university may apply. Students from other diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply:  All application materials should be sent to Oregon Sea Grant at the address below. Either electronic or hard copies will be accepted. All components must arrive at the address below by April 19, 2013 by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Oregon Sea Grant Scholars
Oregon State University
1600 SW Western Boulevard
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
Email:     seagrant.admin@oregonstate.edu; Subject: Oregon Sea Grant Scholar

Required Application Components:

1.   A personal statement in essay style not to exceed 1,200 words.  Use 12 point font, 1 inch margins, and 1.5 line spacing.  The statement should have:
a.    one or two paragraphs that tells us about your personal/professional/academic background including your related experience, your major and why you chose it, and why you are interested in marine science, policy, management, and outreach
b.    one or two paragraphs about your academic and professional goals, please include your plans for the next academic year and your anticipated graduation date; and
c.    one paragraph on how you think this scholarship would help you reach your academic and professional goals – you may choose to indicate which projects you are interested in and why.
2.  A one page résumé describing your work and/or volunteer experience, please include your contact information and GPA on your résumé.

3.  Two letters of recommendation. One letter from someone who supervised you in a work or volunteer position and can describe your suitability for the scholarship program. The second letter should be from a college professor and focus on academic achievement. Hard copies of letters should be sealed and signed across the seal; electronic versions must originate directly from the recommender’s email address. Letters can be sent directly to the address above or included in the application packet (if hard copies are sent).

4.  Official transcripts showing all college level education. Sealed official transcripts can be sent directly to the address above or included in the application packet (if hard copies are sent). Official transcripts may be emailed directly from the institution.
Note:  Please only include required components in your application packet (i.e. do not include a cover letter, additional recommendations, or photos).
Important Dates:
  • April 19 – Applications Due by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (see mailing address above)
  • April 22-26 – Interviews with top candidates
  • April 29 – Notification of Awards and Placement
  • June 17 – Summer Scholars Program Begins
  • August 23 – Summer Scholars Program Ends

Selection Process:  Applications will be reviewed by the Program Manager and a small selection committee. Top candidates will be interviewed by phone and/or in person or by video conference by the selection committee. Up to seven students will be selected based on the following criteria:

•    Academic achievement, especially in natural and social sciences
•    Writing and ability to articulate academic and professional goals
•    Letters of recommendation
•    Verbal communication skills as demonstrated during interview
•    Alignment of applicant interests, goals, and skills with host agencies and mentors

Award:  Selected students will be awarded a $3,000 stipend to offset living expenses during the ten-week fellowship. The stipend will be paid in two installments, one upon arrival and one halfway through the fellowship. Student housing will be provided to those students who need it.  A small number of need-based assistance grants may be available to cover travel expenses and will require a supplemental application once students are selected.

What to Expect:  Student Scholars will be placed with an academic, government, or non-government organization. Student Scholars will be assigned to a specific project under a mentor and will be expected to dedicate at least 40 hours a week to the program. The program will provide students with some specific training on subjects such as ecosystem-based management, professional and scientific communication, field-based scientific methods, natural resource policy development, public outreach, and roles of federal, state and local governments in natural resource management. The program will include field trips within Oregon and an opportunity for students to present their summer work. Scholars will be expected to participate in all program activities and complete a final project report during the last week of their experience.

Host Agency Descriptions:  Click here to read about the Host Offices 

Contact:   We strongly discourage potential applicants from contacting host agencies.  If you have questions please feel free to contact us.

Research and Fellowships Coordinator:  Sarah Kolesar, 541-737-8695, sarah.kolesar@oregonstate.edu

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1600 SW Western Blvd
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Corvallis OR 97333
Phone: 541-737-2714
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