As a leading marine laboratory in the Pacific Northwest, HMSC has the expertise, technology, and responsibility to address important issues of high economic, scientific, and aesthetic value in marine and coastal systems. Its locality, ready access to the ocean and richness of partners—agencies, industry, and constituencies—create a physical and intellectual campus known for multidisciplinary research, education, and outreach that is world-class and international in scope. Hands-on educational opportunities train the marine science leaders of tomorrow, and outreach transfers knowledge to the public sector using new and compelling approaches.
HMSC’s educational programs have a dramatic impact on the learning of OSU graduate and undergraduate students, K-12 students throughout the region, marine industry participants, and thousands of visitors to the Oregon coast each year. Academic programs emphasize hands-on marine experiences that stimulate and educate. Students benefit from the significant expertise of courtesy faculty employed by the resident agencies. On-site classes and seminars, internships, research opportunities, experiences at sea, and job training are provided at HMSC. Informal marine education at HMSC is provided to K-12 students, adult learners, and the many annual visitors and local residents who come to the HMSC Visitor’s Center.