The 2021 Virtual Salmon Bowl

Participating teams:

Benson Polytechnic High School
Lake Oswego B
Lake Oswego A
Neah Kah Nie A
Tillamook A
Tillamook B
Neah Kah Nie B

You were all amazing!

Congratulations to the winning team: Benson Polytechnic High School, Portland, OR

And a special welcome to the new team from Nestucca HS: We're so glad you joined us this year!

What Is Salmon Bowl?

The National Oceanic Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed high school academic marine sciences competition. Schools form teams of 4-5 students to compete in a quiz-bowl to win great prizes, scholarships, and a chance to compete at the national competition. OSU hosts the Salmon Bowl, Oregon’s regional NOSB. Each year, over 150 students, teachers, and community members volunteer to help enrich science teaching and learning. Together, we enhance public understanding and stewardship of the oceans while promoting student exposure to STEM.

Our goal

Recruit as many volunteers as possible to help with the many facets involved in making this competition come to life! We need volunteers not only for the main event on Saturday, but we will also need volunteers to help with set-up and practice rounds.

Volunteer Positions

Volunteer opportunities are divided into two categories, game officials and support staff. If you have prior NOSB/Salmon Bowl experience and/or have a preference for your role, please let us know! Game official positions (one training session required):

  1. Rules Judge
  2. Science Judge
  3. Moderator
  4. Runner
  5. Scorekeeper
  6. Timekeeper

Event Support Staff (helps with general logistics):

  1. Room set-up and breakdown
  2. Volunteer and Team check-in
  3. Food (pick-up and serving)
  4. Break room management
  5. Other general logistics

If volunteering as a game official sounds like more of a commitment than you can make, then please consider volunteering as support staff. These positions don't require any training, just set-up day and/or game-day commitment where you still get to interact with the teams.

What is in it for you?

To show our gratitude, all of our volunteers get a free t-shirt, free lunch, and a chance to amazing win prizes during our raffle! Most importantly, you’ll receive that warm fuzzy feeling that comes from donating your time to a worthwhile cause. It may just be a game, but it's a game that promotes ocean knowledge, one science question at a time.

What to do now!

  1. Email us back with your shirt size.
  2. Attend one of the General Information Meetings and sign up for support staff positions. Or, if you have experience and want to be a game official, attend one of the training sessions.
  3. Tell your friends and classmates and pass the word about the need for volunteers.
  4. Visit to find out more about Salmon Bowl

If you're interested in volunteering, please e-mail or email for more information about the event.
All volunteers get FREE food and T-shirt!

Don't forget to follow us on social media to get the latest updates! Facebook:
Twitter: @Salmon_Bowl
Instagram: @nosb_salmon_bowl

Salmon Bowl Marine Sciences Competition in Oregon


NOSB Student Recruitment Video


Salmon Bowl 2021 Team Coordinator — Toby Harbison

Salmon Bowl 2021 Volunteer Coordinator — Rhianna Thurber