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Ocean Industries Student Research Awards

The Ocean Industries Student Research Awards designed for post-secondary undergraduate and graduate students in Canada and around the world who are interested in pursuing ocean industries-related studies and research in Newfoundland and Labrador at Memorial University, its Marine Institute, or the College of the North Atlantic.

Relevant fields of study include areas such as offshore petroleum engineering, geoscience, ocean engineering, ocean technology including marine transport, fisheries, aquaculture, and other areas such as marine science that support R&D, innovation and the commercialization of ocean technologies.

Students receiving awards at the Master’s and Doctoral level are required to have industry collaboration involved with their research. This change came from recognizing the need to increase student engagement in Newfoundland and Labrador’s ocean industries. This requirement will strengthen relationships between the business community and academia, as well as open up potential career opportunities. More information about mandatory industry collaboration is available in the OISRA guidelines

The 2014 awards competition is now closed for graduate students.

The 2014 awards competition is open for undergraduate students until May 15, 2014.

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Take your studies to new depths!

Melanie Underwood
Melanie Underwood is a Master of Science Candidate at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a past recipient of RDC’s Ocean Industries Student Research Awards and is using her funding to study flat fish behaviour as they enter fishing trawls. With her findings, she is hoping to develop a more species and size selective trawl to reduce bycatch.

Brian Claus
Brian Claus is a PhD Candidate at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is a past recipient of RDC’s Ocean Industries Student Research Awards and is using his funding to develop underwater gliders, which record data to provide scientists with a clearer understanding of ocean health and activity.