Fellowship applicants can select their preferred project from this list. Recipients may be assigned a different project based on availability and logistics. This fellowship is open to students from any college, department or program.
If you receive a fellowship, you will be paired with one of the following subjects. You can indicate your preference in the application, though the assigned project will ultimately be determined by availability, logistics and matched skills.
Coral Bleaching on the Island of Mo'orea
Coral reefs are bleaching around the world. More than half of the world's reefs have been destroyed, and this phenomenon is one of the drivers of this destruction. OSU scientists traveled to the Polynesian island of Mo'orea and brought back data and images that show how bleaching is impacting not just coral reefs, but the overall functioning of the ocean. Work with primary materials and images provided by OSU researchers to tell the story of this global problem.
Spring Break at Sea
Every spring, the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences leads a group of students on a real research cruise. Your job will be to document this transformative hands-on experience and highlighting the science, research and experiential goals of the trip. Take a week to accompany these students and document their expectations, experiences and the results they discover about the research they conduct...and about themselves...once the cruise is completed.
Understanding Salmon Disease
Salmon, the iconic species that symbolizes the entire Pacific Northwest, are under increased threat due to disease, exacerbated by climate change. A research team here on campus is using a state-of-the-art facility to dig into the struggle between salmon and a deadly microscopic parasite. This documentary will investigate how scientific research helps inform management and conservation decisions and look to the future in the face of a changing climate. Read more about the project.
Sea Anemones and Corals
The Weis Lab is using sea anemone as a mode system for corals. With coral reefs disappearing all around the world at an alarming rate, this research allows OSU scientists and students to study one of the most alarming global issues through a fascinating local marine species. Document a critical environmental issue through profiling an important project taking place right here on campus.
Precollege Programs Broader Impacts and Engagement Model
Research drives discovery, uncovers new innovations, changes how we view the world and shapes society. It also develops future generations. Young learners are connected to research through STEM education, "broader impacts" and engagement programs. This documentary will show how such engagement works by profiling programs and telling the stories of students who've benefited from this process. Read more about the project.
The Beaver Strike Team: Adopting Nonlethal Wildlife Controls
Beavers might be a symbol of Oregon State University and the official mascot of Oregon, but they're considered by many to be a nuisance animal. In the wild, there are no protections for our state animal when they come into conflict with human interests, and many are trapped and killed despite the myriad benefits that nature's engineers provide to wild habitats. But a team of citizens and advisors is launching a program to protect beavers and other wildlife by offering nonlethal alternatives to trapping and killing. And they're working right here in Benton County. Tell the story of these citizen scientists and wildlife advocates as they try to find a way for humans and Oregon's favorite rodent to coexist.