The Hatfield Student Organization (HSO) is a resource for all students at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC).

The Goals of the HSO are to:

  • Improve communication among students and faculty at Hatfield Marine Science Center
  • Enhance collaboration among students, as well as promote and endorse their work
  • Expand and diversify the range of educational experiences available at Hatfield Marine Science Center
  • Increase opportunities for professional development of students
  • Articulate the needs of students and advocate their views at the Science Center and University levels
  • Provide awards to assist students with travel to conferences and professional development events

We work towards these goals through:

  • Social, fundraising, and research activities
  • Offering HMSC students information and opportunities
  • Being active members in the organization and coastal communities and in support of the goals of HMSC.

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HSO has a variety of ongoing activities for fundraising, researching and socialization, which often overlap.


We are committed to supporting both our fellow students at HMSC and the local Newport and Lincoln County communities. Our organization raises funds through several activities throughout the year, which help to support local charities, fund HSO activities, and help offset the cost for student travel to conferences. Our main fundraiser, the annual Holiday Auction at the HMSC Holiday Party, features generous donations from local businesses, and in the past, one-half of our proceeds go to local charities. Past charities and organizations have included the Lincoln County Food Bank, the Siletz Food Bank, the Samaritan Foundation, the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, and My Sister's Place. Thank you to all of our wonderful local donors for their continued support!


Each Wednesday at 10 am, HSO holds a donut hour in the Gladys Valley Marine Studies Building lobby, providing donuts and coffee to the HMSC community. As a member of HSO, you have the opportunity to volunteer with set up, bring in your own and donate to the fund.

When we get the chance, we organize wider-ranging events of all sorts. Most recently, we hosted a rafting trip. HSO members also represent the organization at a variety of other HMSC events, including Relay for Life and the soup kitchen, to raise funds for it. Keep your eye on the email list for details.

The best way to keep up with events is to join our listserv (hmscgradstudents)!