Graduate scholarship supports marine-science studies

The Malouf Scholarship is awarded to support graduate students who combine societally relevant research with education or public engagement. 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 awards two Malouf Scholarships annually to one master’s or professional student and to one PhD student.

Applications for the 2019-2020 Malouf Scholarship were due July 26, 2019.
Additional information about this year's scholarship and how to apply can be found here

View the recording and slides from the June 21, 2019 informational webinar here.


The award amount is not to exceed $10,800, and is disbursed in 12 monthly payments of $900. The scholarship is for one year and is not renewable. 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.

The Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholarship is for graduate students enrolled in a master's/professional or PhD program in any discipline at any college or university physically located in Oregon. Master's/professional degree students must be in the first year, or just beginning the second year, of their degree program at the time of award. PhD students can be in the first, second, or just beginning the third year of their degree program at the time of award.

Additional details about the 2019-2020 fellowship can be found here.


Oregon Sea Grant uses eSeaGrant for fellowship application submissions. To access eSeaGrant, send an email to declaring your interest in applying. Please include the name of the fellowship you wish to apply for in the subject line. An eSeaGrant account will then be created for you. All components of your application, including letters of recommendation, will be submitted through eSeaGrant. Stating your interest does not obligate you to apply. We are here to provide assistance as needed; however, please do not wait until the last minute to apply.


The July 26, 2019 has passed and the next deadline is in 2020.

Robert E. Malouf Marine Studies Scholars by year

Emily Mazur (2018)

Assignment: Emily Mazur is working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to better understand how agencies can communicate critical weather, ocean and climate information to Oregon’s science practitioners. Facilitating the relationship between scientists and practitioners will help Oregon decision-makers access needed information, while also giving voice to Oregon community needs in science.

Education: Emily completed her B.S. in Marine Science and Biology at the University of Miami, where she also minored in Marine Policy. Her NOAA Hollings internship at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center and a study-abroad experience in the Galapagos, Ecuador, steered Emily’s interests toward natural resource management. Emily is currently in the second year of her Master’s in Marine Resource Management at Oregon State University, where she is researching best-management practices for agency-driven communication.

Professional and Research Interests: Emily is interested in how to best reach marine resource management decisions by incorporating diverse stakeholders and best available science. She believes that communities should be consulted and considered in resource management since they have a stake in the long-term viability of natural resources on which they rely. Emily is especially interested in how stakeholder needs will change with changing climate and ocean conditions, and how these changes will affect marine resource management.

Erin Peck (2018)

Assignment: Erin Peck’s research aims to identify the dominant factors affecting sediment accumulation and carbon burial within Oregon’s salt marshes and to determine the resiliency of these habitats to sea-level rise and anthropogenic land-use change. Using the sediment cores she has collected for her research, Erin will communicate how Oregon salt marshes have recorded climate, tectonic and human changes through time to coastal communities through a series of interactive, immersive experiences at Oregon State University’s Marine Geology Repository.     

Education: Erin first became interested in societally relevant earth science while completing her B.A. in Environmental Science from Franklin & Marshall College. During her undergraduate degree, Erin used geochemical fingerprinting to identify sources of suspended sediment polluting a stream restoration site in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Erin continued into her doctorate program upon completion of her M.S. in the same program - Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Sciences - at Oregon State University in 2017. During her master’s, Erin produced some of the first measurements of salt marsh sediment accumulation and carbon burial rates for the Oregon coast.

Professional and Research Interests: Erin is positioning herself for a career that combines her commitment to societally relevant research and her passion for education. From a research standpoint, she is interested primarily in studying the sediment routing system through changing coastal geomorphology and sediment biogeochemistry. From a teaching standpoint, Erin seeks to develop and implement experience-based learning activities that enhance how students view, value and interact with their natural environment.