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TWO FLORIDA WOMEN WIN PRESTIGIOUS NOAA SCHOLARSHIPS
TO PURSUE DOCTORATES IN MARINE BIOLOGY
Lisa Michele Wall of Satellite Beach and Jennifer E. Magnussen of Weston have been awarded the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship to outstanding graduate-level scholars in the field of marine biology by the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Ms. Wall is enrolled in a dual masters of science program in science education and biology, with a focus on marine biology, at the University of Central Florida. She has completed her master’s in science education and is currently pursuing her doctorate in curriculum and instruction focusing on science education in Florida.
Upon completion of her master’s in biology, Ms. Wall plans to pursue her doctorate in conservation biology, focusing on marine ecology in the Indian River Lagoon in Florida. Ms. Wall’s fascination with the marine environment began as a young girl living near the Indian River Lagoon system. Ms. Wall is a full-time high school science teacher and tries to relate her passion for the marine environment to her biology, chemistry, physics, and fundamentals of scientific research classes.
Ms. Magnussen is currently pursuing her doctorate in marine biology from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Magnussen has always had a strong interest in marine biology, particularly the deteriorating state of our ocean’s biological resources. It is this concern that has compelled Ms. Magnussen to dedicate her efforts toward objectives to overcoming obstacles that reduce the effectiveness of fisheries management.
Ms. Magnussen is interested in publishing research on the development and use of genetic markers and novel methods for forensic identification of shark species, and apply these tools to survey the extent of the Asian shark fin-trade for better conservation and management planning.
"Dr. Nancy Foster was a visionary, dedicating her life’s work to conserving our coastal and marine environments. Lisa Michelle Wall and Jennifer Magnussen 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.
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 other 2002 Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship recipients are: as follows:
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. NOAA Ocean Service 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.