Students selected for 2012 NOAA scholarships honoring Dr. Nancy Foster

July 2, 2012

Caitlin Jensen, San Francisco State University.

Caitlin Jensen, San Francisco State University.

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NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has selected three graduate students as national recipients of the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarships. Recipients of the scholarships represent graduate-level scholars in marine biology, coastal resource management and maritime archeology.

The scholarships were established in memory of Dr. Nancy Foster, a leader in marine resource conservation, former NOAA assistant administrator for oceanic services and coastal zone management, and director of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. Congress created the scholarship in 2000 as a means of honoring her life's work, 23 years of service to NOAA, and her contribution to the nation.

“This program is an exceptional opportunity to develop the next generation of NOAA scientists,” said Daniel J. Basta, director, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. “We are very excited to support this year’s recipients and their research in the National Marine Sanctuary System.”

Nyssa Silbiger, University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Nyssa Silbiger, University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

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Each scholarship recipient will receive an annual stipend of $30,000, up to $12,000 annually as an education allowance, and is eligible for up to $10,000 to support a four-to-six week research collaboration at a NOAA facility. Doctoral students are eligible to continue the scholarship program for four years and master’s level students for two years.

The three scholarship recipients are:

Jan Vicente, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

Jan Vicente, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

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This is the 12th year of the scholarship program and NOAA received more than 240 applications to evaluate for the class of 2012. A panel of NOAA scientists reviewed and scored the applications based on their rankings, financial need, academic excellence, recommendations, research, and career goals.

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