Dr. Erin Peterson Internship Award in Fisheries, Wildlife, & Conservation Sciences

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Erin Peterson, was born in 1992 in Bellevue, Washington.  She graduated in 2010 and continued her studies at Oregon State University, earning a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife in 2014 while cultivating a love of stream ecology. She attended South Dakota State University, earning a Master of Science degree (2017). 

Erin earned a Doctorate in Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine in 2022.  Her dissertation was focused on fish ecology and conservation in the Penobscot River.  During that time, she was renowned among her peers and colleagues for her passion for conservation and her work ethic.  She also exhibited an exemplary commitment to her family and became a new parent during her graduate program.  Erin also volunteered widely both in the University and the community at large.  Erin secured a fisheries biologist position in the State of Washington where she continued her professional and personal excellence. 

Erin lost her life in the line of duty in 2023 doing what she loved. She is remembered by FWCS faculty and staff as one of the most talented, promising, and self-motivated undergraduate scholars to have called our department home.  Though she excelled in the classroom, she shone most brightly when actively pursuing research. Her name greatly honors this new endowment, which will provide new generations of scholars the opportunity to experience active research through internship opportunities and chart their own courses, much as Erin did before them.

About the Scholarship

The Dr. Erin Peterson Internship Award in Fisheries, Wildlife, & Conservations Sciences is awarded annually by the scholarship committee within the FWCS department to be used to support students majoring in Fisheries, Wildlife, & Conservation Sciences and their associated experiential learning opportunities, including but not limited to stipend, housing, research supplies, travel, or meeting registrations. Criteria for selection will be based upon:

  • Acceptance to an internship or research opportunity offered through the department
  • Good academic standing
  • Financial need to augment the internship or research experience
  • Preference for student experiences in fisheries or conservation

How to Contribute to the Fund

Visit www.fororegonstate.org
Select Make a Gift
Type in Erin Peterson in the box “I want to give to” and the name of the fund will populate and they can finish filling out the form.

By mail
Make the check out to OSU Foundation, write in the memo line, Dr. Erin Peterson Internship Award in FWCS
Mail to OSU Foundation
4238 SW Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333