The Oregon Lakes Association as part of its scholarship and outreach commitment offers an annual $1000 academic scholarship, plus up to $200 travel expenses to OLA's annual conference. Interested applicants should be enrolled (or will be enrolled by the time the award is accepted) in an Oregon college or university graduate program in a field related to the study of Oregon lakes, ponds or reservoirs and their watersheds. An applicant may also be enrolled in a graduate college or university graduate program outside of Oregon if the study project will involve Oregon lakes, ponds or reservoirs. Download the full scholarship announcement for 2016!
Congratulations to our 2016 OLA Scholarship winner Ariana Chiapella, Portland State University.
Ariana is a current PhD student at PSU in Dr Angela Strecker's laboratory.
Her past experience included Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Williams College. She has also worked with the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Boston Nature Center. All this motivated her to pursue a cohesive research project that uses limnological, ecological, and toxicological knowledge to inform the social and political aspects of watershed management in the Pacific Northwest. Her dissertation research focuses on the effects of anthropogenic stressors, specifically contaminants, on sensitive mountain lake ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. Fieldwork is being done in the Olympic, Mount Rainier, North Cascades National Park, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie and the Mt. Hood National Forests. The research investigates the relationships between food web dynamics and contaminant burdens in fish. She plans to use the research for public outreach to draw connections between human actions and ecological health.
Her time in Dr Strecker's lab has consisted of two field seasons in Washington’s National Parks, as well as lab analyses of samples and some preliminary data analysis. During her first year she worked as a teaching assistant, which includes an award for a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, as well as an IGERT (Integrative Graduate Research Traineeship) from NSF. She has presented preliminary results at the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting (Portland, OR 2014), the Association for the Science of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO) Annual Meeting (Granada, Spain, 2015), and the American Fisheries Society Annual Meeting (Portland, OR 2015). She plans to present at the 2016 ALSO meeting in Santa Fe, NM, and will present her results to our Oregon Lakes Society in 2017.
Congratulations to Ariana.
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2016 Scholarship Donation Goal
Thus far OLA has provided $4,400 in scholarships add travel expenses to the recipients. Please consider donating to the Scholarship Fund today, so we can sustain this program well into the future. Please consider donating today!