University of Oregon


scholarshipsOIMB is committed to assisting students and offers the following scholarships, in the amount of $500 to $1000 each, to students enrolled in OIMB courses.

Scholarship application (pdf)
*Recommendation letters can be mailed in with the application or emailed to Maya Watts at

Scholarship application deadlines

March 1 (for spring term)
May 1 (for summer term)
September 1 (for fall term)
November 1 (for winter term)

Scholarships for Marine Biology Students

The OIMB Alumni Scholarship is available to University of Oregon students attending OIMB.

The Robert C. Terwilliger Fund for scholarships in invertebrate zoology is available to students enrolling in invertebrate zoology (BI 451/551).

The Neil Richmond Fellowship is available, spring or fall, to any enrolled students and is funded by a grant from Oregon Sea Grant to honor the memory of this ODFW scientist.

The Laura Bickerstaff Scholarship is awarded to junior and senior undergraduates attending spring, summer or fall term at OIMB.

The Libbie Hyman Memorial Scholarship is available to support a FIRST field station experience for students taking courses about or doing research on invertebrates – deadline for applications is normally the beginning of March.

The University of Oregon’s Distinguished Scholarship Initiative

NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides two years of academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8000/yr.) and a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/wk.) during the summer at a NOAA facility. You apply during your sophomore year and the application deadline is normally at the beginning of January.

NOAA Hollings 2015 Recipient: Sandra  DorningSandra Dorning

My interest in marine biology dates back to the fifth grade, when my family and I spontaneously witnessed a pod of orcas swimming down the Oregon coastline. I was inspired to do a class project on orcas that year, and my love for learning about marine organisms has since developed into an interest in marine ecological research. Specifically, I am interested in studying the responses of marine animals to environmental changes as a restult of climate change and other anthropogenic impacts on the oceans. I first heard about the Hollings scholarship while I was exploring colleges during my senior year in high school, and I knew then that the priceless opportunity offered by the scholarship to conduct marine research with NOAA, was one that I wanted to strive towards. It feels incredibly gratifying that my work during the past two years at the University of Oregon has paid off in the form of this scholarship program. After I graduate from UO/OIMB, I plan on pursuing my Ph.D. and a career as a research scientists, and the Hollings scholarship with help me focus my scientific interests in preparation for this. Through my experience at NOAA, I hope to begin contributing to research that furthers scientific understanding of marine species and the threats facing them.


NOAA Hollings 2010 Recipient: Nick Hayman

My name is Nick Hayman and I was a 2010 Hollings Scholar. I applied to this scholarship on a whim over Christmas break after I saw an e-mail from the Biology Department. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Obviously, the amount of money they give each recipient is astounding; two years of a generous stipend as well as a paid internship over your junior summer as long as you keep your grades up. It is hard to beat that. However, not only does NOAA give this generous scholarship, but they actually try to recruit you into their organization; they need the younger generation to keep up their work. Even if you are not interested in working for NOAA, the scholarship’s internship and opportunities to network with top scientists can give you an enormous advantage over many undergraduate biology majors for finding other jobs and going to graduate schools. The people running the program are extremely nice and helpful. There is literally no reason not to apply; the application is not daunting and if you win, the reward is much more than simply monetary. Currently I am in a graduate program at San Diego State University.