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8th Annual Marine Science Scholarship Competition
for High School & Undergraduate Students

Awarding the Next Generation of Marine Innovators

Presented by the ASA & NAMEPA

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!

High School Category Winners:

 1st Place: Kyle Bramblett | Titusville High School | Titusville, Florida.   A Concrete Solution for Oyster Recruitment and Growth: Designing an Artificial Structure to Increase Oyster Shell Growth and Oyster Spat Settlement using Calcite Media

  2nd Place: Clara Victorio | The Woodlands College Park High School | Woodlands, Texas   Removing Microplastics From Wastewater: Increasing the Efficiency of Electrocoagulation

3rd Place: Sabrina Li | Walnut High School | Walnut, California   Effects of Baycrete Texture and Tidal Elevation on Recruitment of Native Ostrea Lurida and Nonindigenous Balanus Amphitrite in San Diego, CA

Undergraduate Category Winners:

1st Place: Matthew Lynch | United States Merchant Marine Academy | Annapolis, Maryland  Subsea Performance Efficiency In Robotics Applications

2nd Place: Cyd Bloomfield | Stony Brook University | Brooklyn, New York   Sequencing New York Harbor: Effects of Salinity Gradients on Biodiversity

 3rd Place: Alex Miller | Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Seattle, Washington   SimpleModem: A Low Cost Acoustic Modem Implementation for Remote Sensing Applications


This year’s competition is closed and winners have been awarded.  

Check back in 2020 for the 9th annual Marine Science Scholarship Competition!


NAMEPA and the American Salvage Association (ASA) collaborate yearly on a Science Fair aimed at high school and undergraduate students to promote marine science.  The winners of each category will be invited to receive their awards at an industry event, where winners can network with fellow researchers and professionals.

ASA and NAMEPA seek all students who have recently demonstrated their passion for the Marine Sciences by participating in a Science or Engineering Fair either individually or in a team (of up to three persons) to participate in its 8th Annual Marine Sciences Scholarship

Competition. Winners earn scholarship funds to further their education and research in this exciting field!


The competition is intended to highlight the importance of preserving the marine environment through the use of sound environmental practices, raise awareness of the art and science of marine salvage and engineering, and to promote careers within the greater maritime industry and in marine sciences.

All eligible students submit a project abstract of 300 words or less and a technical paper describing their project which will be reviewed by a technical committee of maritime industry and marine science experts. Each paper is evaluated on a wide range of criteria including: originality, data collection, supporting evidence, and tangibility within the real-world environment.

Scholarship recipients will be invited to receive their award at NAMEPA’s Annual Conference & Awards Dinner in New York, NY. This is a unique opportunity for winners to interact and network with highly regarded marine industry representatives, potential employers, researchers, educators, and regulators. You don’t want to miss it! 

Travel and accommodation expenses for the winning student(s) to travel to New York will be covered by the ASA and NAMEPA. Scholarship awards and certificates of achievement will be mailed to those students unable to travel.

For additional information on the competition and to submit an entry, please click here. Contact Mrs. Rebecca Garcia-Malone with questions. Alternatively, may be contacted.

Eligibility Requirements:

• Individual or Group Submissions (of up to three students)
   • High School students must have been enrolled in grade 9 - 12 during the 2018 – 2019 school year
   • Undergraduate students must have been enrolled full time during the Fall 2018 – Winter 2019 semester
• Project must have been completed during the 2018 – 2019 school year
• To be considered, your project should focus on one of the following subject areas: 
   • Marine Environmental Care
   • Naval Architecture
   • Marine Engineering
   • Ocean Engineering
   • Meteorology
   • Underwater Robotics
   • Air Emissions from Ships
   • Alternative Fuel Supplies for Ships
   • Oil and Chemical Spill Remediation
   • Offshore Well Control
   • Diving Systems
   • Marine Biology
   • Marine Ecosystems
   • Marine Microorganisms
   • Ship Design
   • Ship Breaking
   • Recovery of Sunken Ships
   • Cargo, Fuel or Pollutants
   • Marine Salvage

Expectation Requirements:

• Abstract of paper 300 words or less
• Technical Paper, no length limitation. Do not submit PowerPoint files of presentations, judges are looking for technical papers that follow proper format and scientific methodology.
• You may submit only the following file types: doc, docx, pdf, txt. 
• Refrain from submitting simple research projects. The judges want to see studies and experiments reflecting originality and tangibility in the real-world environment. 
• Student must provide supporting evidence which may include but is not limited to photographs, graphs, etc. 
• Acknowledgements are encouraged. 
• Submission should be clear of grammatical errors.

Scholarship Awards:

• High school (1st Place: $500 | 2nd Place: $250 | 3rd Place: $100)
• Undergraduate (1st Place: $500 | 2nd Place: $250 | 3rd Place: $100) 
• All prize winners will receive recognition in industry publications
• All prize winners will receive an invitation to receive their awards at NAMEPA’s Annual Conference & Awards Dinner in New York on Thursday, October 24th, 2019.
• Travel and accommodation expenses for the winning student(s) to travel to New York will be covered by the ASA and NAMEPA. Scholarship awards will be mailed to those students unable to travel.
• Additional "special recognition" awards may be presented dependent upon submission and judging selection. 

**The ASA and NAMEPA are proud to cover the lodging and travel expenditures for those scholarship recipients able to come to NY to accept their award. Costs incurred for accompanying parents or legal guardians are not included.

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