The 19th Annual Markham Symposium, a celebration of graduate student research and scholarship, will be held at the Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) in Newport on June 19. This year’s symposium will feature student research presentations in an exciting, fast-paced format. Poster presentations and an informal reception will give attendees a chance to meet students and their mentors. The event from 10 am-12:30 pm in the Visitor Center auditorium is free and open to the public.
Janet Webster, Interim Director of the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, recently announced the 2014 HMSC scholarship funds totaling $80,500 awarded to students in 5 OSU departments in 3 different colleges. These funds come from generous private donations to HMSC’s student programs. “Our competitive graduate program provides academic and research opportunities to an international cadre of outstanding students,” according to Webster. “Add to this the generosity of private donors who wish to contribute to the education of tomorrow’s marine scientists, and you have the Markham Marine Science Research Symposium.”
Graduate and undergraduate education is at the heart of HMSC’s mission to improve scientific understanding of marine systems and coastal processes and resources, and apply this knowledge to social, economic, and environmental issues. “Students have an amazing opportunity to do marine research in professional laboratories at HMSC, mentored by world-class faculty and agency scientists”, said Itchung Cheung, HMSC Academic Program Manager. “Scholarships not only help with the financial challenges they face, but also recognize and validate students’ outstanding research efforts.”