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AMY NOEL VAN BUREN OF SEATTLE WINS PRESTIGIOUS NOAA SCHOLARSHIP TO PURSUE DOCTORATE IN MARINE BIOLOGY
University of Washington student Amy Noel Van Buren has been selected as one of four national winners of the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship for outstanding graduate-level scholars in the field of marine biology given by the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
A native of Seattle, Ms. Van Buren is currently pursuing her doctorate in marine biology from the University of Washington. Ms. Van Buren has conducted research of Megellanic penguins in Argentina and the Falkland Islands. It is this research that has influenced her academic and professional objectives.
Ms. Van Buren is interested in reducing the conflicts between human activities and marine ecosystem integrity. Upon graduation, she would like to expand her research to encompass other seabird species and marine systems.
"Dr. Nancy Foster was a visionary, dedicating her life’s work to conserving our coastal and marine environments. “Amy Noel Van Buren and this year’s other three recipients exemplify that same enthusiasm and commitment to preserving these precious resources,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This program continues Dr. Foster’s devotion for providing equal opportunities and help toward achieving professional goals.”
Soon after the death of NOAA's Dr. Foster, in June of 2000, Congress created the scholarship as a means of honoring her life's work and contribution to the nation. The funding is drawn from the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, which is administered by NOAA's National Ocean Service. The current funding enables NOAA to award four scholarships. Each scholarship recipient will receive an annual stipend of $20,000 and up to $12,000 annually for tuition. Doctoral students are eligible to continue the scholarship program for four years and master’s-level students for two years.
The three other 2002 Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship recipients are::
This is the second year of the program and NOAA received 135 applications, representing all the coastal regions of the United States, including several from Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. The applications were ranked by a panel of NOAA scientists, and finalists were selected based on their ranked scores. Students were evaluated based on financial need, academic excellence, recommendations and a statement of intent, which also indicated the student's research and career goals. A separate panel selected the four award winners for the 2002-2003 school year from the finalists.
A call for applications for the 2003-2004 school year is expected to be released early spring 2003.
NOAA National Ocean Service is a federal agency devoted to exploring, understanding, conserving and restoring the nation's coasts and oceans. NOS promotes safe navigation, supports coastal communities, sustains coastal habitats and mitigates coastal hazards. NOS balances environmental protection with economic prosperity and leads the effort to ensure that our nation's coastal areas remain safe, healthy and productive. NOS is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
For more information, visit the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program Web site at http://fosterscholars.noaa.gov.