The student research exhibition is typically a dedicated time when conference participants can interact with student researchers as they explain their marine-related research. For 2021, the session is moving to a virtual format again that will include short “ignite-style” presentations. This remains an opportunity for students to showcase their research and gain professional experience.

Annual Student Exhibition

State of the Coast invites contributions from advanced undergraduates (juniors or seniors), recent graduates and graduate students.

We welcome submissions from any discipline related to issues and opportunities facing the marine environment: biology, anthropology, law, engineering, policy, chemistry, business, ecology, environmental science, management, and more!

Goals of student engagement at State of the Coast

  1. Professional development for students; providing an opportunity for students to share their work and get feedback on how well they communicated about their research.
  2. Sharing a diversity of student research and art, so that conference attendees get a holistic look at current work by Oregon students.

Annual Student Research Exhibition!

The 2021 Call for Student Research Abstracts is now open! Submissions are due on October 6, 2021 at 5:00PM (Pacific).


2021 Submissions will be reviewed with the following selection criteria:

  1. The strength of the submission (e.g., strong research topic, thoughtful abstract that can be understood by a broad audience) and completion of submission questions.
  2. Connection of the topic with the marine environment/coast of Oregon and societal relevance to Oregon coastal communities.
  3.  Submitted on time with all required pieces. (e.g., timeliness, completeness, abstract not exceeding 250 words)
  4. Diversity of topics (e.g., we seek a well-balanced diversity of topics, if there are 10 submissions on similar topics, not all will be accepted) and diversity of Oregon institutions.
  5. Priority will be given to students who have not presented at SOTC in past years. Students who have previously presented should have a new/different topic, and acceptance will be based on available space.

Note that accepted presenters will be judged at the conference on two things: 1) The design and ability of your presentation materials to effectively visually communicate research in an accessible way to a broad audience with mixed interests. 2) Your ability to verbally communicate in an effective way to a broad audience with mixed interests. 

One submission per student.

Questions: [email protected] 

View the 2020 SOTC Book of Student Abstracts & Art now here and the awardees from the virtual 2020 Exhibition are included below with links to their recorded presentation. Please contact us if you need assistance accessing additional information.

2020 Student Research Awards

1st place Judged: Michelle NguyenEffects of Ocean Acidification and Climate Change on the Growth, Development, and Physiology of Oregon Pink Shrimp (Pandalus jordani) Larvae

Runner-up Judged: Megan ConsidineMudblister Worm, Polydora websteri, in Pacific Oysters: Identification, Distribution, and Mitigation Strategies

People’s Choice: Toby Harbison "You are what you eat: Collaborative inquiries into Dungeness crab ecology through diet analysis and fishermen engagement