This article was written by Michelle Klampe and originally posted to the Oregon State University Newsroom on May 6, 2021. Access the full article here.
NEWPORT, Ore. – The Roundhouse Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 to Oregon State University to support students conducting research and exploring careers in marine technology, innovation and entrepreneurship at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
The gift, secured through the OSU Foundation, will expand and enhance educational activities for K-12 and undergraduate college students in the Innovation Lab, a 2,700-square-foot workshop and studio for designing, fabricating and testing scientific instruments and technology critical to ocean- and coastal-based research.
The state-of-the-art lab is a key component of the new Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building on the Hatfield campus in Newport. It is also a linchpin in a broader effort to bolster economic and workforce development on the Oregon Coast.
“There is no other space like this on the Oregon Coast,” said Jack Barth, executive director of OSU’s Marine Studies Initiative. “It is an important educational and community resource, and this gift allows us to expand its reach, particularly to rural and underserved students.”