Three Semester by the Sea students, Lauren Rowsey, Martha Romero and Leighann Martin were recently awarded funds to attend a national scientific conference. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute hosts a Semester by the Sea program in the spring for undergraduate students that would like to combine typical coursework with hands-on research on the coast. Throughout the semester, these bright students conduct a research project under the guidance of a Marine Science Institute professor. These three students from the 2016 spring semester will go on to present their research at a national or international meeting. We wish our students the very best in their travels and scientific endeavors.
Several other students have also received awards. Erin Reed a graduate student in Brad Erisman’s laboratory recently received the Gerald FitzGerald Award for the best poster by a young investigator at the 2016 Ecological and Evolutionary Ethology of Fishes in Tallahassee, Florida. Our UTMSI students also swept the poster competition at the recent International Congress on the Biology of Fishes meeting. Two undergraduate students from our recent Semester by the Sea program, Leighann Martin and Kevin Pan, finished first and second, respectively, and graduate student Angelina Dichiera (master’s student) came in third. This international meeting hosted by the Physiological Section of the American Fisheries Society. In addition to the conference accolades, Arley Muth in Ken Dunton’s laboratory, received a Graduate Student Equipment Loan Award from Sea-Bird Scientific to use in her research of the Arctic's Boulder Patch kelp community.
Congratulations to all of our students and their successes!