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Students achieve in 2015

Fellowships, community service & graduation!

This spring MEBSA members have outdone themselves. In just the past few months, we have hosted the 4th annual Marine Science day and a seminar series with speakers from around the country. We also celebrate our upcoming graduates and several students whom have received prestigious fellowships and awards. 

Community Service

Each month this spring MEBSA members traveled to Aviara Oaks Middle School to conduct hand-on activities with students in the Kids' Care after-school program. Students learned about their local marine environment through kelp forest games, fish printing and SCUBA demos. Thank you to the Hovel Lab, Long Lab, Anderson Lab, Edwards Lab and Hentschel Lab for volunteering!

This year 650 visitors attended the 4th annual Marine Science Day at CMIL! Our survey results indicate that we achieved an ~11% increase in ocean awareness by event attendees. Visitors also voted the Zeller Lab "Sea Squirt" activity as their favorite! Thank you to the >30 volunteers who made this event possible. Special thanks to the event organizers, Sara Wilson and Erin Voigt, and MEBSA co-chairs, Nick Hayman and Shelby Rinehart!

Fellowships & Awards

 Masters student Katie Sievers has received a Fulbright award to conduct research in the Philippines.  The Fulbright program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for young researchers to undertake international study projects and develop bilateral relationships with other counties.  She will be collaborating with researchers from Silliman University to explore whether marine reserves are protecting heavily fished species. She begins her fellowship in the Fall of 2015. Congrats Katie! 
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Marine Science program will be hosting Sara Wilson for a 3-week summer course, highlighting work by the Red Seas Research Center. The course combines lectures, fieldwork, labwork, and data analysis workshops. KAUST is covering all costs for the program and provides a stipend. Congrats Sara!
Shelby Rinehart received the National Science Foundation Graduate Student Research Fellowship to support her research in Dr. Jeremy Long's lab at SDSU, studying the role of predatory ladybeetles in southern California salt marshes.  This is a prestigious award that will support her for 3 years in graduate school. Shelby also has been designated an alternate for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Congrats Shelby!
Kate McDaniel awarded "Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant" by the Biology Department. Kate teaches an introductory biology laboratory for students majoring in non-science disciplines. Her survey results indicated students increased their interest and appreciation for science after taking her course. Thank you Kate for all your hard work!
This spring MEBSA raised $6000 to bring scientists from around the country to present their research in a seminar series at SDSU. The MEBSA seminar series is an opportunity for students to meet renowned scientists and discuss important issues in marine ecology and conservation. Special thanks to Priya Shukla and Mallarie Yeager for organizing! The seminar series was supported by SDSU Associated Students and Instructionally Related Activities.

Congratulations to the spring & summer graduates!

Christopher Bayne, B.S.
Nick Hayman, M.S.
Ryan Jenkinson, Ph.D.
Jennifer Joseph, B.S.
Dovi Kacev, Ph.D.
Sheila Madrak, Ph.D.
Breckie McCullum, M.S.
Christopher Millow, M.S.
Alterra Shanchez, B.S.
Sarah Wheeler, Ph.D.
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