The 2022 Virtual Salmon Bowl

Participating teams, you were all amazing!

Congratulations to the winning team, Lake Oswego A!

2022 Sponsors

A special thanks to this year's sponsors!


Stay Tuned

Stay tuned for updates for our 2023 Competition. Have questions or want to get involved? Feel free to contact or with inquiries. We are looking forward to planning another fantastic competition and are here to answer any questions.


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. Fill out our Volunteer Interest Form.
  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!

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Winning Team: Lake Oswego A

Congratulations and best of luck at Nationals!


Salmon Bowl 2022 Team Coordinator — Rhianna Thurber

Rhianna is a second year graduate student in the Marine Resource Management program here at OSU. This is her second year as a regional Salmon Bowl Coordinator. She earned her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from the University of Alaska Southeast and has spent the last 8 years working with humpback whales in Juneau, AK and Maui, HI. Partnered with the Alaska Whale Foundation, her research focuses on comparing and contrasting different methods for estimating North Pacific humpback whale abundance and distribution throughout regions of Alaska's Inside Passage to better inform population management decisions.



Salmon Bowl 2022 Volunteer Coordinator — Raquel Gilliland

Raquel is this year's second coordinator and will be running the volunteer coordination. She is in her first year as a masters student at OSU in the Marine Resource Management Program. Before OSU, she got her Undergraduate Degree in Aquatic and Marine Biology from Stetson University, in central Florida. She spent the past two years living in Hawaii working for various environmental non profits and spending her free time surfing. Here at OSU she is working with Dr. Maria Kavanaugh to study harmful algal blooms and their effects on fisheries. She is super excited to work with all of the amazing volunteers this year for Salmon Bowl and can't wait for the games to begin!

Salmon Bowl Marine Sciences Competition in Oregon

NOSB Student Recruitment Video