Week 10

Itchung Cheung, HMSC Sponsor and Stacy Sim, PROMISE intern outside the visitor center, Newport, OR.

10 weeks, 70 days or 680 hours; that is all it takes to have an extraordinary experience and return with a different perspective and direction. I initially heard about this PROMISE internship from my extremely helpful and encouraging BioResource Research advisor, Wanda Crannell. From that first encounter to the PROMISE orientation and through these 10 weeks, this internship has been nothing less than amazing, as PROMISEd.

It has been an incredible journey. For the past year, I had my mind set on pursuing the marine sciences and I was exploring several topics for a path to pursue. In this sense, I had the perfect internship site because living at Hatfield Marine Science Center and breathing marine sciences has opened my eyes to its reality. Doing field work in the mudflats taught me that I would prefer a desk job to being in the outdoors, which greatly surprises me. Most of my journey has been in personal exploration. I have been able to examine and re-examine my personality traits and think about the reasons behind my preferences to better understand myself. For example, I have learned that I like stability, which in a daily job comes in the form of routine. Working in the mudflats demanded waking up at 4am on some days to rise to the challenge of chasing the tides. This greatly distressed me and three weeks later, I am still waking up at all odd hours, failing to reset my troubled circadian clock.

The Poster Gallery and challenge course on Thursday, 08/30/2012, felt like Spring Break after Winter Quarter. It was a beautiful sunny day in Corvallis and it was so much fun to laugh and spend time with my PROMISE peers after all our hard work and accomplishments. I definitely feel proud of the quality of work that I have accomplished this summer.

I walked into this internship hoping to have my interests narrowed down as I enter my junior year, so even though I have discovered what I do not want to do, it distresses me to not know what I am pursuing. Fortunately, there is always hope for the determined. I intend to follow up with several faculty that I met at the Poster Gallery as well as visit Career Services in the upcoming weeks to actively chase down my elusive future.

I thoroughly enjoyed this summer experience and in the words of this program’s amazing director and coordinator, “what makes this PROMISE internship special is the community”. I wish my PROMISE cohort all the best in their future career paths!

A big thank you to Diane Davis, our genuinely kind director of PROMISE and Josh Scacco, coordinator extraordinaire of PROMISE, for this amazing opportunity, Wanda Crannell for encouraging me to apply, Itchung Cheung for sponsoring me this summer at Hatfield Marine Science Center, Renee Irvin and Carol Rivin for generously writing my letters of recommendations and my family for always having words of advice and encouragement when I need them the most. Without all these wonderful and supportive people, I would not be able to strive for such heights. I have so much hope and excitement for the future!

Newport Sunset over the jetty

In week one, I was welcomed to Newport with a beautiful sunset. It sure is nice to be sent off in equal beauty in week ten.

Stacy Sim

Ending It On a Great Note…

Hello Everyone!

It is 10 minutes till 5PM right now and we are all one hour from of officially completing PROMISE during the summer of 2012!

I’d like to congratulate you all on all the hard work that you have put into your internships this summer. All that time and effort has been put to powerful use!

Although I’ll be here for one more week to wrap things up and get my projects into “transition” mode, I’d still like to give my thanks to all my fellow cohort members, all the sponsors, and of course Diane & Josh!

Thursday was nerve wrecking, bittersweet, but very exciting. It’s a little sad that most of us weren’t fully able to get to know each other until we were strangling up in the air at the high ropes course, but ultimately I felt that it was a great way to end our 10 week journey- with stress relief! (I still cannot believe I was up that high doing all those challenge courses).

Our cohort was truly amazing this year. Some of us have graduated and will be leaving Oregon State- good luck finding jobs and getting into grad school!…  while some of us stay behind and continue our degrees- hurray for a new year! you’ll be schooling like bosses!

Regardless, we all make quite a unique basket of eggs.

PROMISE was the perfect way to end my time here at OSU and I would not have had it any other way.

Good bye & Good luck everyone! 🙂




A Summer in Review

So it’s already here. I’m sitting at my desk with only a couple hours remaining in this internship. To say that I have enjoyed or appreciated my time as a Promise Intern would be a huge understatement.

This summer, I worked at the office of Business Affairs with fellow intern Ralen Jones, who just left to go do other amazing things on his foreign exchange program in Denmark. We had the unique experience of being cubicle buddies as we analyzed the projects assigned to us and figured out the best way to accomplish the goals set before us.

In the past ten weeks, we have established the structures for a few different projects in line with Business Affairs’ vision of better connecting with students and presenting themselves in a way that is conducive to students’ perspectives and experiences. We participated in the current redesign of the Business Affairs website; in our initial research, we found that the content offered was thorough and helpful, but we wanted to reorganize the website so it is more appealing to incoming students and less overwhelming. We also created a couple surveys in a concerted effort to improve Business Affairs’ visibility as well as student satisfaction. In one of our other projects, we developed a series of videos to teach incoming students fundamental financial tips, information, and resources, as well as resources that are specific to Oregon State University and the Corvallis area.

As hard as we worked, we got to play even harder. Visiting the OSU Challenge Course on Thursday was definitely one of the highlights of my summer. There’s nothing quite like stepping off a 40ft platform, only to be swept away by a harness and a zipline. Losing balance and falling off a wire then pulling yourself up by the ropes is all the proof that I need to know that failing and re-trying challenges can be both fun and rewarding. (I’m secretly an adrenaline junkie.)

We have definitely been blessed this summer to work for such a supportive sponsor and alongside amazing interns. We made new friends. We learned a lot about what is available to us through OSU. And we learned more about ourselves than we anticipated.

We would like to thank Diane Davis and Josh Scacco for setting up such a fruitful summer for our cohort of interns. We thank our sponsor, Lissa Perrone, for providing us with this wonderful opportunity. Thanks also goes to everyone who made this experience what it was.

Goodbye and Farvel,
Luke Márquez and Ralen Jones

Women’s Center Inclusion. Act 5. Scene 5.

As my internship comes to an end I am proud to look back on weeks well spent working and connecting with the OSU Community.

I have spent the last few weeks completing two reports to the Women’s Center that include suggestions for enhancing inclusivity over the next few years. These reports were also accompanied by the completion of my PROMISE poster and my PROMISE portfolio. I find it really satisfying to have these material creations that outline the work I’ve done this summer.

The end of my internship prompts me to look forward in my professional and educational career. However, looking back at my internship work is an important aspect of preparing myself for the future. Here a few of the things that I’ve been involved with this summer:

A Taste of Culture: I collaborated on a project with all of the other OSU Cultural and Resource Centers to create a free lunch and information event that brought more attention to the these centers.

Women’s Center Procedures: I improved the Women’s Center staff procedures for every day staffing needs.

The Four Agreements Lesson Plan: Created this lesson plan is for the Women’s Center training for in-coming staff. It focuses on the Don Miguel Ruiz book The Four Agreements.

Women’s Center Awards Board: I have been working on the outlay of the Awards Board in the Women’s Center that will display the recipients of the HerStory and Women of Achievement awards.

Upcoming WC Events: I have been organizing programs for the upcoming school year.

World Mental Health Day: I was invited to be on the committee that organizes OSU’s first World Mental Health Day 2012.

CONNECT Events for the Women’s Center: I have organized event ideas for the Women’s Center to have during CONNECT week in September.

Interviews and Website Research for Inclusivity: The majority of my time has been spent conducting interviews of staff from other Women’s Centers at some of OSU’s peer institutions.

What a great experience it has been to contribute to work that will enhance an OSU organization. It’s also been wonderful connecting with such great students/leaders/professionals who have spent this summer as my fellow PROMISE Interns.

Thank you!

Jessica Armstrong

Working Hard in the Finishing Stretch

Week 9

“No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.” – Charles Francis Adams


This week has been extremely hectic, so having a relaxation seminar at Oregon State University on Tuesday was much appreciated. This is the last week for the REU interns so Thursday morning was spent at their symposium, learning about their research projects. Today, I am hoping to finish up my video interviews so that I can complete my website project by early next week. With the deadlines coming up for the portfolio and poster for the gallery on August 30, I am working extremely hard to finish up all my summer projects here at Hatfield Marine Science Center. There is never enough time in the days and I find myself working way beyond the eight hour job requirements to do the best job that I can. With the completion of each project, I find some of the stress giving way to pride, and I am looking forward to having the poster galleria this upcoming week to evaluate all my hard work of this internship.

I have been doing data organization and formatting for my GIS project, so for today’s post, I want to share some pictures from my field work (photo credits: I. Cheung).

Pictures from Idaho Flats, Yaquina Bay, Oregon —

Stacy Sim by a marker in the Yaquina Bay estuary.


Stacy Sim with a jelly in the mudflats

Electric blue worm found in the mudflats.




HMSC Octopus in the West Wing Acquarium (J.Scacco)

I hope that all my PROMISE peers are making great progress with their posters and portfolios and I am excited to see the compilation of everyone’s hard work at the Poster Galleria!


Stacy Sim


Winding Down

Hello PROMiSE interns!

The summer camps are done! Despite my calm, collected look, I’m sad because I made a lot of good friends this past summer. I met students from all over the age range 7-18; a lot of them were funny and cool kids to get to know. I’m glad that they get to experience these camps at the age they are. This camp has been going on for the past 10 summers, yet I became aware of them this past year when I was simply a volunteer for a Counselor’s Training. As a senior in high school I became aware of the 4-H program; however I knew nothing about what exactly it was. After these past weeks and seeing what my mentor Mario Magaña has done with camps, it comes down to two words: Youth Development. The 4-H program is not only about agriculture like many believe. What Mario has done with camps is created a program where kids, especially minorities, can develop social skills, work, and play together. Most importantly, however, this camp provided a setting where students learned about the opportunities that await them in high school and college while they have fun. On the final day the campers do not want to leave! And the group of campers gets older with each camp, the workshops are tailored to make sure they know what they should be doing to best prepare for their future. No other program that I know of has produced 5 Gates Millenium Scholars in the past 6 years. Before they graduate high school, students who have gone through this program will know how to lead a group of younger kids. They will know how to apply for FAFSA. They will know what the most prestigious scholarships look for and these camps give them the confidence to apply to them.

The camps being done doesn’t equate to our work being done. Payments and paperwork still need to be collected, handled, and sorted. And future counselors get to attend trainings later on this year. Therefore Luis and I are making sure that interested students are in the contacts list and that future workers in the office can pick up easily where we left off.

The experience doesn’t necessarily end next week for me. I plan to continue to participate throughout the year and next summer as well, to help the program that helps so many students.


Week 8 & 9 Updates from DD

Hello Everyone! Long time no blog post!

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post for the past week, but it’s because so much has been happening.

The Alumni Project has been rolling, rolling, and rolling! All throughout the past week I’ve been trying to reach previous center staff that I’ve been able to meet because of my previous work experience here at the centers, asking them of their memories at the centers; connect with OSU faculty for interviews and any historical information; and I’ve had the pleasure of reading through past Barometer Articles (from the 7o’s!) in the Multicultural archives to research history- it was very interesting to see how OSU was before our generation’s time. From here, I plan to visit centers to look at their scrapbooks, albums, and anything I else I can find. My lists that I’m to send to the alumni center once completed have grown a great deal, but I’ve found that finding alumni from the 80’s as well as information on the Native American Longhouse (the center that has existed for the longest time) has been the biggest challenge. Diversity Development wasn’t always around to work with the centers, so files of staff have not been consistent with the existence of the centers from their first opening to present time. I hope that by physically going to the centers, I can gain more information and knowledge. The power of networking has given me a great advantage as well. There have been some wonderful faculty and staff  that either have kept contact with previous student leaders they have worked with, or know someone that could be of resource to finding out more information! Their recollections of events with the centers in the past has definitely brought me a glimpse of hope in finding out more information. Phew. I’ve been doing so much research and going through great lengths to make sure that the information I find is accurate, that by the end of this project I’ll surely be able to place the title “skilled detective” on my resume 🙂

The library project is approaching it’s next step in the plan- creating a manual for the library bookkeeping programs and database. Now there are a few things that do worry me- I’m not the most tech savvy person, I am not very familiar with MAC computers (Yes, I am a PC person), and it’s also my first time doing anything remotely close to manual writing; However, I know that there are a lot of support and resources out there that I can reach to help me, and I’ll have the help of Natalia (whom I have working with from Multicultural Archives). I hope to create an easily comprehensible manual for the staff to utilize in the coming year as the library system in the centers will progressively evolve and improve. There are some issues around the centers relocating while their new centers are being rebuilt, but effective scheduling and planning in advance will help us avoid any of these problems.

Lastly, the Career Services Project has been on the back burner more so than the other projects I’ve been assigned. I’ve gone back to step one after hearing from various faculty and staff that work directly work with students of color. For now, starting over from scratch- researching other models that other institutions use while also keeping advice and insight given- seems to be the best plan. I’m not sure how far I’ll be able to go in completing a model for this project, but I plan on staying an extra week to do much done as I can to get these projects ready to transition and pass them down to the DD admin. team for the upcoming year. This way I can give myself some closure that these projects will be effectively continued, maintained, and evolved even after I have left. I know that the completed outcomes of my projects won’t be perfect, nor will they ever be truly complete, but I trust that this will be a solid foundation for whatever is to come. Things can always improve for the better. “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”- Vincent Van Gogh

The Starry Night, 1889


OIMB Tour and Field Work

Week 8

As my time here at Newport draws to a close, I have many loose ends to begin tying up. Independent projects that I need to work on are analyzing the data for the GIS project and write a report, and finish the website after the last round of video interviews are conducted on Wednesday. For the PROMISE program’s final projects, I have to create a scientific poster and a portfolio for the Poster Galleria on August 30 which will conclude the internship.

However, this week did not allow for much focus on these projects as the COSEE PP PRIME interns finished their 8-week internship today and there were events to recognize their time here. The COSEE PP PRIME program connects several areas; Washington, Hawaii, Northern California and Oregon. Within Oregon, there are four COSEE interns here at HMSC and three at OIMB (Oregon Institute of Marine Biology). OIMB Is University of Oregon’s marine biology program and is located in Charleston, Oregon. OIMB is smaller than HMSC and is a quaint community located 103 miles, 3 hours away by car. The tour of OIMB on Monday united both groups of COSEE interns, and the OIMB interns showed us their research labs. While OIMB has only three main labs, they have some very unique invertebrate research. Dr. Craig Young has an extensive collection of deep sea specimens which his lab collects using OIMB’s deep-sea submersible. The trip to OIMB was a whole day event, but it was very exciting to see their campus and labs. I also ran into a classmate from my “Inside Out” class at University of Oregon last year, who has been a rising senior in Marine Biology. “Inside Out” is a transformative program that connects the Honors College students at University of Oregon and the Oregon State Penitentiary’s “inside participants” through collaborative learning. Last spring, the topic was “Analyzing the Conflict in Northern Ireland” and the genuine interests and personalities made it one of the best and most unique learning experiences that I have ever had. Since I moved to Corvallis, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Dylan again and hearing about his interests in a new light.

On Tuesday, I went to OSU for a poster seminar from Teresa Preddy, coordinator of Student Multimedia Services. She gave us valuable information on how to create our posters for the Poster Galleria. Since the poster requirements are not set in stone, I do not want to dedicate my poster to the overall experiences this summer. Instead, I intend to create a scientific poster for my GIS project, which would be traditional in the scientific community.

Wednesday to Friday was the second phase of my data collection in the mudflats. Low tides were at 5:45 AM, 6: 20 AM and 6: 50 AM respectively. I ran into challenges on each of the separate days, but overcame them as they presented themselves and overall, I feel relatively successful with the project. I have 219 data points collected from all over Idaho Flats and I rationalized that I covered 90% of research markers. At any point in the estuary, you can see the markers with any vertical height at 20m clearly when the tide height is negative. From 50m away, you can observe if there are markers from a distance. I covered the estuary in a methodological way; the 10% leaves the markers that have no vertical height and can be buried under mud. The only way to find these markers is if they are under a shallow covering of mud and you can distinguish the different textures through sight or touch.

This morning, I had limited time in the field as the COSEE PP PRIME interns were presenting in HMSC’s Library Seminar Room. The interns at OIMB presented their research over Skype from 9 AM to 10: 15 AM, and then the HMSC interns presented until noon. The presentations were very informational and well articulated. I enjoyed learning the OIMB research in more detail as well as about the conclusions of the HMSC interns’ research.

I am looking forward to a less eventful upcoming week to spend more quality time dedicated to finishing up my projects.

Happy Weekend!

Stacy Sim

From the ASOSU Office of Advocacy…

Hello all PROMISE Interns!

My time as a PROMISE Intern at the ASOSU Office of Advocacy is soon reaching its end. I’m so grateful for the people I have met and the experiences I’ve had both in the office and at the PROMISE events.

On August 8th, the other Interns of the office of Advocacy and I were part of a service project at the Trillium Children’s Farm Home.  There we did yard work and restored the landscape of the property which would have been costly if it weren’t for the help of the volunteers.  It was a nice day to be out and the new experience was a good one.

These past 2 weeks I have also been going to a set of workshops that are part of a Professional Development Series given by ASOSU. One was to learn about the Student Experience Center, which will be built in 2013. The third floor of the Student Experience Center will be home to the new ASOSU Office of Advocacy. The new office will be more spacious and hold more intern work stations. Even though I probably won’t be present for the completion of the project I’m glad to be part of the planning process of the office space for the future interns that will be present.

Along with all these activities I was part of a ASOSU Office of Advocacy resource video done by the Office of the Dean of Student Life, and assisted Patricia, my sponsor, in other office work.  Also important, the Brown bag luncheon with President Ed Ray, who took time out of his busy schedule to sit with us and share his stories. It was very interesting to find out his plans for the university and his thoughts on important issues affecting OSU students, like the requirement for first-year students to live on-campus. I found this requirement to be interesting but not something everyone would agree upon. I’m looking forward to seeing the development and response to this requirement in the future.

That is all for today, may you all have a good weekend!

-Claudia Mata

Highlights of Week 7

Week 7

This has been a very exciting week for me and I would like to share the highlights of each day with you.

From noon to 1 PM on Monday, I went to the second week of Andi Stephens’ “R” workshop. “R” is a free statistics program that can be used to make graphics and models. Andi Stephens is a research biologist with NOAA and has extensive experience with coding. I have not been required to use the program in my academics or internship as of yet, but I always welcome new knowledge and learning experiences. This is just one of the many learning opportunities that this Summer has allowed me to pursue and this “R” workshop is an example of the many seminars offered at Hatfield Marine Science Center.

Although I was not able to to go to OSU for the healthy life balance seminar on Tuesday, Robert Allan came to HMSC for a graduate school seminar. He addressed the challenges of the search process and advised us not to rush into choosing a graduate school without taking into consideration our values and financial situations. I spoke with him personally afterward, and discovered that he is the assistant director for OSU’s Marine Management Program (an interesting coincidence to being e-introduced to Flaxen Conway, the director of the MRM program two weeks ago).

Two other PROMISE interns at OSU’s Student Multimedia Services, Sean and Leo, and a University of Oregon media student, Caleb, came to HMSC to film footage for a promotional video for their internship project. However, they generously agreed to help me with my website development project while they were out here. In addition to the other changes that I am making to the website, I am trying to incorporate a video interview instead of the traditional picture and paragraph description that is used in the current HMSC intern website. I expected Sean, Leo and Caleb to bring a small handheld video recorder, but they came with a full tripod and professional set up: a huge video recorder and microphones. Needless to say, I am very grateful for Sean, Leo and Caleb’s expertise and contributions in the media aspect. I am extremely excited about finishing this website design and development project and I hope that the new changes help paint a fuller picture of the summer internship experience for prospective interns. Although I have heard the interns briefly describe their research projects to me, watching them describe their project in their regular work setting was more informational and interesting to me, and I hope that it will be the same for viewers of the new website. I underestimated the time it would take to interview each intern, so the three media wizards will be back some time next week to record the remaining interns.

On Thursday, I was visited by Ms. Davis and Josh Scacco, who are the director and student coordinator of this PROMISE program. Not knowing what to expect, my mentor gave me an agenda to follow: tour the visitor center and the west wing aquarium animals, give a informational overview of Hatfield Marine Science Center to accompany a tour of Hatfield’s campus and then take them to the mudflats where I conduct my GIS project’s data collection. I took his suggestion very seriously and studied a two-page script in anticipation of their arrival. While I am an avid believer in doing my part to be prepared, reality is never scripted. In this case, their visit was predominantly conversational while I had basically prepared a speech. Nevertheless, I am relieved that I had facts and dates to describe Hatfield’s background, the Education wing, housing facilities, Yaquina Bay estuary and saltwater system reservoir and pump system. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Davis and Josh’s visit as well as the opportunity to have a conversation with them.

As the internship slowly draws to a close, I am working hard to finish up the many projects that I had taken the initiative to have a bigger role in. Next week’s events include a tour to OIMB (University of Oregon’s “Oregon Institute of Marine Biology”) on Monday as well as the continuation of data collection in the mudflats for my GIS project from Wednesday to Friday. I am looking forward to making the trip to OSU for a poster seminar on Tuesday, which will allow me to see my PROMISE peers, as well as get the information to prepare us for our final poster galleria, on August 30, to conclude our summer internship.

Photo credits to Sean Marler.


Stacy Sim

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Building Connections

Interns will be forming long-lasting bonds with their supervisors and with each other as well as getting the opportunity to network with professionals in a variety of industries.

Gaining Skills

An etiquette lunch, networking practice, and a myriad of other presentations and activities from some of the best at OSU will help hone the intern's skills so that they are ready to go into professional fields after college.

Creating Memories

Going out to sea on a scientific vessel, designing a booth for DaVinci Days, creating fine cuisine made by summer camp kids, and inspecting insects for mutations: These were only a few of the many projects that interns took part in last year.