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Alexei Lubchenco Menge Fellowship

Alexei Lubchenco Menge Fellowship

Special opportunity for integrative biology students

The Alexei Lubchenco Menge Fellowship is a special funding opportunity for OSU biology and zoology majors engaging in summer field research in ecology under the guidance of an Integrative Biology faculty member. This fellowship was founded in memory of Alexei Lubchenco Menge thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor and Alexei’s friends and family. The goal of the fellowship is to facilitate a transformative learning experience for an emerging scientist and advance OSU research.

Alexei Lubchenco Menge Biography

Alexei was the older son of Bruce A. Menge and Jane Lubchenco, both of whom are marine ecologists and environmental scientists in the Department of Integrative Biology (formerly Zoology) at OSU. Alexei was born in 1978 and died in 2005 at age 27. Introduced to the ocean as an infant, he loved anything to do with water, scuba diving, and assisting with marine research. He assisted researchers around the world, including the Bahamas, Mexico, Oregon, New Zealand, Arizona, and elsewhere. Alexei was a gifted athlete and excelled at baseball (catcher), soccer (goalie), snowboarding and virtually any sport he attempted. He was also a talented artist who expressed his creative side through drawing, pottery, and poetry. Alexei was intelligent and charismatic, and a natural leader.


Your SURE application also serves as the application for the Alexei Lubchenco Menge award. If you are a biology or zoology major engaging in field-based research, select the checkbox for the Alexei Lubchenco Menge Fellowship. To be eligible for the Alexei Lubchenco Menge Fellowship, you need to include your unofficial transcript and a letter of support from your faculty research mentor with your SURE application. Tell your faculty mentor to email the letter before the application deadline to Gabrielle James at

If you are not selected for this Fellowship, your application will still be reviewed and eligible for funding through the SURE program.

The deadline to apply is April 4, 2022.