STEM Opportunities for High School and Post-Secondary Students

The Oregon Coast STEM Hub connects students who are in or heading toward post-secondary STEM programs to find scholarships, internships, competitions, and other opportunities.


    • BP Global STEM Academies - link - One hundred HS students from around the world will receive scholarships covering full participation in STEM-based study abroad programs in Brazil, Egypt, and the US in June and July 2019.
    • Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium Scholarship and Fellowship Program - link - Students attending member community colleges or universities are eligible to apply for awards up to $1000. Apply by May 25, 2018.
    • Science Ambassador Scholarship - link - A full–tuition scholarship for a woman in science, technology, engineering, or math. Funded by Cards Against Humanity. Apply by December 11, 2018.
    • Oregon Chapter of the American Fisheries Society - link - Provides annual $2000 scholarships for fisheries scholars at the undergraduate level and higher. Each year, the deadline to apply is December 31.
    • Barry Goldwater Scholarship - link - Provides scholarships to college sophomores and juniors majoring in STEM fields. Deadline for nomination varies from September to January; check with your institution.
    • NASA Scholarships - link - Search for scholarships provided by NASA.
    • NOAA Undergraduate Scholarships (link) include those that provide tuition support up to $9500 per year for junior and senior year of college. In addition, they offer paid summer internships at NOAA facilities across the country, summer stipends, housing and travel allowances. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens enrolled in an undergraduate program or are transfering to a 4 year college from a community college. Applications accepted until January 31, 2019
           >Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program - link
           >Educational Partnership Program (EPP) Undergraduate Scholarship - link

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    • UOregon Scholarships for Oregon Scientists - link - The SOS II program provides scholarships of up to $10,000 to incoming freshmen and transfer students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, or physics at the University of Oregon. Applications are typically due in February.
    • Oregon State University College of Engineering Scholarships - link - Includes a Dean's Scholarship for first year engineering and computer science students, and an award for students who participated in FIRST Robotics and FIRST Tech Challenge in high school. Most applications due by February.
    • Scholarships for Women - Computer Science Online and Discover Data Science list a variety of scholarships available for women in the field of computer and data science.
    • Northwest Scientific Association Scholarships - link - awards annual grants to support student research in the pure and applied sciences conducted in northwestern North America. Research grants of up to $750 are available to winning high school or undergraduate proposals. Check the website for the next application due date.
    • Oregon Sea Grant Summer Scholars Program - link - This ten-week program places qualifying undergraduate students from around the country with public agencies (federal, state, and local) to provide students with hands-on experience under the mentorship of a career professional in the fields of marine science, policy, management and outreach. Check the website for the next application due date.
    • Pathways to Science - link - Use this website to find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring.


    • Charleston Marine Life Center internship - This engaging, hands-on program is for Coos County high school students (16yo+) interested in exploring marine science.
    • Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program - website -  A paid summer mentoring program to educate and inspire high school students about fisheries science and management. Applications due December 14, 2018.
    • JASE/JSEP Polar Programs - website - Apply to work in multicultural teams and explore polar science in some of Earth’s most remote environments, Greenland and Antarctica. All student expenses are covered by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Applications due January 31, 2019.
    • MATE/UNOLS Long Term internship - Apply for a ~6 month undergraduate internship on board a research vessel. Check the website for application deadlines.
    • NASA Internships - link - Applications for spring internships are due November 15, 2018, and summer internship applications are due April 1, 2019, and fall internship applications are due July 1, 2019.
    • Ocean Exploration Trust science and engineering internships - Intern positions for undergraduate and graduate students entail 2-5 week periods working aboard E/V Nautilus as Data Loggers, ROV Pilots, or Video Engineers.  Applications accepted until January 4, 2019.
    • Oceanscape Network Youth Correspondents program - link - This volunteer opportunity through the Oregon Coast Aquarium allows youth (ages 14-17) to build online content to educate others while they explore, learn and adventure in Oregon. Created materials may include videos, interviews, articles and photo features, all of which will appear on the Oceanscape Network.
    • Northwest Fisheries Science Center internships - Career training opportunities at the headquarters in Seattle, WA and at five research stations throughout Washington and Oregon for high school, undergraduate, and graduate student interns.
    • Schmidt Ocean Institute - Student Opportunities - Undergraduate and graduate students take part in seagoing oceanographic research on board the R/V Falkor. Check the website for details.


    • MATE Oregon Regional ROV Competition - link
      Build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and use it to complete underwater missions.  The next MATE Oregon Regional ROV Competition will be held April 20, 2019.

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