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Sarah E. Lester of Santa Barbara, Calif., 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 ecology given by the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Ms. Lester is currently pursuing her doctorate in marine ecology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Upon graduation, she would like to pursue teaching undergraduates and working in coastal resource management and conservation.

“Dr. Nancy Foster dedicated her life’s work to conserving our coastal and marine environments. This year’s recipients are outstanding examples of her devotion to preserving these precious resources,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This program continues Dr. Foster’s commitment to providing equal opportunities to help students achieve their career goals.”

The three other 2004 Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship recipients are:

  • Jessica M. Dutton, Goleta, Calif. - Ms. Dutton is currently pursuing her doctorate in marine biology from the University of California. Ms. Dutton is dedicated to pursuing a scientific career studying the resistance and resilience of organisms to environmental perturbations.
  • Rebecca R. Holyoke, Cambridge, Md. - Ms Holyoke is currently pursuing her doctorate in marine-estuarine environmental science (sediment biogeochemistry) at the University of Maryland, College Park. Upon completion of her doctorate, she wishes to pursue a career in environmental policy where she can offer insights into anthropogenic nutrient inputs and environmental degradation.
  • Abigail J. Knee, Fremont, N.H. - Ms. Knee is currently pursuing her doctorate in biological oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. Ms. Knee wants to forge international relations with the mid-ocean ridge scientific community at integrated study sites and use her training in ecology and evolutionary biology to direct research endeavors across marine disciplines.

This is the fourth year of the program, and NOAA received 93 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; financial need; academic excellence; recommendations; and research and career goals.

Applications for the 2005-2006 academic year will be accepted from February 11, 2005 - April 15, 2005.

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NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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