Celebrating Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Current Research and Outstanding  Alumni 

Research Symposium.

The symposium will be held on Tuesday, January 25th, 2022from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (with posters and reception to follow) in Oregon State University’s Horizon Room in the Memorial Union.  

Register by Dec 17, 2021! All are welcome to attend. Registration is FREE, and lunch is included. Registration, agenda, invited speakers, and more details can be found at:


About the symposium:

The symposium will feature Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Department alumni from industry, government, and academia, as well as the current faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars to present their cutting-edge research and career experiences. The meeting aims to be a platform to explore the intersections between the research and careers of biologists, chemists, epidemiologists, regulatory scientists, and more. Join us for exciting talks, a career panel, excellent opportunities for asking our speakers about their experiences, and networking throughout.

We look forward to seeing you there!

EMT Research Symposium Planning Committee

Chloe Fender

PhD Student, Water Quality Toxicology Lab

Environmental & Molecular Toxicology

Oregon State University

Job Opportunity with Audubon Society of Portland

Job Title: Malheur Field Assistant
Department: Conservation
Reports to: Eastern Oregon Field Coordinator
Duration: 16 weeks, April 11-July 29, there may be some flexibility in start/end
Compensation: $15/hour + housing on Refuge, eligible for internship credits for
PSM degree at OSU
Location: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Harney Basin, Oregon
About Portland Audubon:
Portland Audubon has been a leading voice in conservation for over a century. Through
conservation advocacy, environmental education, and wildlife rehabilitation, we promote
the understanding, enjoyment, and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their
habitats. We work statewide with sanctuaries in Portland, on the Oregon Coast, and on
Mt Hood; and staff in Eastern Oregon.

Portland Audubon has been engaged with efforts to protect and restore Malheur
National Wildlife Refuge and the surrounding landscape since our founding in 1902.
Malheur NWR represents one of the most important bird refuges on the Pacific Flyway.
We have had full-time staff stationed in Burns, Oregon since 2018 focused on
advancing collaborative conservation efforts both on and off refuge, public outreach and
engagement, and avian field surveys.

Portland Audubon believes that inspiring all people to love and protect nature is best
achieved when we embrace diversity as a value and practice. We are committed to
building a diverse and inclusive environment, reflecting the diversity of our community in
our board, staff, and volunteers.

Job Description:
The Malheur Field Assistant position includes diverse opportunities for gaining and
using a suite of biological, conservation, and outreach skills. This position reports to our
Eastern Oregon Field Coordinator and will be based in Harney County. The ideal
candidate will be able to identify birds by sight and by ear, or will be willing/able to learn
to do so.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
● Biological Surveys: Conduct bird surveys on and around Malheur National Wildlife
Refuge. Bird survey work may include songbird point counts, waterfowl surveys,

duck banding, shorebird surveys, Sandhill Crane Pair Counts, and marshbird
surveys, depending on bird ID skills.
● Stewardship Work Parties: Work with the Eastern Oregon Field Coordinator to lead
one stewardship work party, a Marshbird survey (Marsh Madness), and a Snowy
Plover Survey at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and surrounding areas.
● Outreach: Assist with community outreach, including Bird Scouts (a birding program
for local youth), monthly birding programs, programs like Malheur After Dark, and
social justice initiatives with the Rural Alliance for Diversity.
● Conservation Policy: Opportunity to attend collaborative meetings with Portland
Audubon staff, in order to gain experience with collaborative policy work.
● Other duties as assigned.
● Recent or current Graduate or Undergraduate student in biological sciences, wildlife
conservation, wetland ecology, environmental science, natural resources, or related
● Ability to identify birds by sight and ear;
● Familiarity with bird survey protocols (or willingness to learn them), map reading,
and GPS navigation skills;
● Professionalism in written and oral communications;
● Ability to follow instructions and work independently to carry out a task;
● Demonstrated initiative engaging and working with people from diverse walks of life
with a particular focus on engaging rural communities in conservation initiatives;
● Demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion;
● Experience working with and leading volunteers is strongly preferred
Working Conditions:
● Ability to hike several miles per day under remote conditions.
● Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle and ability to drive on remote, unpaved
roads. Access to government vehicle will be provided for some work.

September 2021 Newport Beach Cleanup

The OSU Environmental Sciences Graduate Program (ESGP) is pleased to invite
you to the September 2021 Newport Beach Cleanup! 
Located 60 miles from Corvallis, Newport is a hub for marine research, private
and commercial fishing, and ocean recreation. This also means that there is
marine debris in need of removal. That’s where you come in! Please consider a
day of your time for a beach cleanup and lunch.
Date: September 25, 2021
Time: 10am to 2:30pm
Location: South Beach State Park (South Jetty), Newport OR
Activities Scheduled:

  1. Beach cleanup 10:00am-12:00pm
  2. Brown Bag Lunch/Snacks (Only snacks/drinks will be provided, so please
    bring your own lunch) 12:30pm-2:30pm

Please consider signing up early as there are limited slots. If you have any
questions or if you need a ride to the coast, please email me at:

Note: This schedule may change with little notice due to possible weather and COVID-19
regulation concerns. You will be notified of changes as they occur. Be prepared to bring proper
weather attire, water, and a face covering. We are required to follow all OSU regulations for safety.

Graduate School Award Updates: August 2021

Upcoming Nomination Deadlines:

Thesis and Dissertation Completion Awards

The Thesis and Dissertation Completion Awards support outstanding master’s and doctoral students in the final stages of their theses or dissertations. The intent of these awards is to enable students to focus on research and writing with the goal of improving the quality of their work and expediting time to degree completion.

Thesis Completion Award – Fall 2021

Nomination period July 12 – August 16, 2021

Dissertation Completion Award– Fall 2021

Nomination period July 12 – August 16, 2021

Award Reminders:

Western Association of Graduate Schools and ProQuest Awards

This prestigious regional competition is an important opportunity for OSU to showcase innovation and creativity by our graduate students. The Graduate School will provide a cash award of $1000 to each student selected as OSU’s finalist for the award categories below. We encourage you to take the time to prepare a nomination for any of the four award categories:

1.      The WAGS/ProQuest Innovation in Technology Award

2.      The WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in STEM disciplines

3.      The WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award in humanities, social sciences, education, and business disciplines

4.      The WAGS/ProQuest Distinguished Master’s Thesis and/or Final Master’s Capstone Project Award in the Creative, Visual and Performing Arts

·        Nomination period July 7, 2021 – September 6, 2021.

Scholarly Presentation Award

The Graduate School offers the Scholarly Presentation Award to provide graduate students with financial support to assist with certain costs associated with presenting their scholarly work at academic conferences and meetings. An individual student may receive up to $1000 in Scholarly Presentation Award funds per academic year. Students may now apply directly for this award!

·        Requests are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year; subject to funding availability per term. Requests must be made no earlier than one term prior to the date of the activity, and no later than 30 days following the activity.

Professional Development Award

Many professional development opportunities exist beyond the university to help graduate students build core competencies and transferrable skills. The Graduate School invites students to apply for funding through the Professional Development Award to help cover costs for qualifying trainings, resources, and activities that contribute to professional skills development. Students may receive up to $500 in Professional Development Award funds per academic year. 

·        Requests are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year; subject to funding availability per term. Requests must be made no earlier than one term prior to the date of the activity, and no later than 30 days following the activity.  

For your reference you can find a complete list of Graduate School competitive awards at gradschool.oregonstate.edu/awards

Thank you in advance for all you do to support our graduate students. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the information listed above please email Graduate.Scholarships@oregonstate.edu.

Annual Environmental Joint Campus Conference 2021

May 3, 2021 — 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The virtual Environmental Joint Campus Conference (JCC) that is hosted by Oregon State University, Environmental Sciences Graduate Program will be on Monday, May, 3, 2021. It would be great to have someone from each school at the beginning so you can briefly introduce yourselves and programs during the first ten minutes 10:00-10:10. Representatives from each university will not be expected to moderate for your students’ presentations. We will have someone making sure students stay on track and don’t exceed their allotted times. It would be appreciated if students can plan on attending most, if not all of the conference in order to support all of the presenters. Please forward this to your students that will be presenting.

Each student presentation will be 10 minutes, 5-7 minutes to present your topic and the rest for Q&A. If you will be presenting, please submit your virtual poster today if you have not already done so. You can find additional information, including virtual poster submission information, at the JCC webpage at Annual Environmental Joint Campus Conference (JCC) – Annual Environmental Joint Campus Conference 2021 (oregonstate.edu). Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

ORISE Research Opportunities

The following ORISE Research Opportunities are available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment (CPHEA), Pacific Ecological Systems Division (PESD). Please share these announcements with anyone in your network that may be interested in applying!

TitleEPA Coastal Acidification Vulnerability Research Opportunity
Reference CodeEPA-ORD-CPHEA-PESD-2020-05
Educational LevelBachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 2/28/2021 11:59:00 PM.
Location(s) of the PositionNewport, OR
Level of ParticipationFull-time for one year
Closing DateFriday, 1/29/2021 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
# of Vacancies1
Opportunity Link: https://zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/EPA-ORD-CPHEA-PESD-2020-05
TitleEPA Environmental Economist Fellowship
Reference CodeEPA-ORD-CPHEA-PESD-2020-04-A
Educational LevelDoctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 12/31/2020 11:59:00 PM.
Location(s) of the PositionCorvallis, OR
Level of ParticipationFull-time for one year
Closing DateThursday, 12/31/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone (to be extended until February 2021)
# of Vacancies1
Opportunity Link: https://zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/EPA-ORD-CPHEA-PESD-2020-04-A