Hollings & EPP/MSI Undergraduate Presentation Awards 2017

A total of 127 Ernest F. Hollings Scholars and 13 Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) Undergraduate Scholars completed 10-week internships this summer at NOAA facilities from Maine to Hawaii. During the first week of August, NOAA Scholars presented their research and education-focused projects to an audience of NOAA scientists and their peers during the annual Science & Education Symposium in Silver Spring, Maryland.

2017 Hollings & EPP Undergraduate Scholar presentation award winners.
Front row (left to right): Danielle Naiman, Kammie-Dominique Tavares, Mallory Munden, Blair Morrison, Briana DeGone & Caleb Perez.
Back row: Kayla Gardner, Dr. Paul Doremus, Melissa Drown, Kenneth Erickson, Claire Hacker, Sean Ernst, Amanda Kedzierski, Trent Henry & Nicholas Barber.
2017 Hollings & EPP Undergraduate Scholar presentation award winners. Front row (left to right): Danielle Naiman, Kammie-Dominique Tavares, Mallory Munden, Blair Morrison, Briana DeGone & Caleb Perez. Back row: Kayla Gardner, Dr. Paul Doremus, Melissa Drown, Kenneth Erickson, Claire Hacker, Sean Ernst, Amanda Kedzierski, Trent Henry & Nicholas Barber. (NOAA)

The Science & Education Symposium included two days of oral presentations and a poster presentation session. Closing out the week, Acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management Dr. Paul Doremus discussed the importance of student research to achieving NOAA’s mission. The following undergraduate scholars received recognition for exceptional presentations (listed in alphabetical order by goal area).

2017 student scholarships presentation awards

Oral presentation award winners

 
Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
 
Blair Morrison – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Marine Science, Biology and Geology
University: University of Alabama
Internship placement: National Ocean Service (NOS) - Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Presentation title: Green Invaders: Life Stages of the European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) in Southern Maine
 
Danielle Naiman – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Environmental Engineering
University: University of California, San Diego
Internship placement: Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research (OAR) - Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Presentation title: Simulating Ocean Acidification in the Bering Sea

Resilient Coastal Communities
 
Trent Henry – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Conservation Biology
University: Loyola University, Chicago, IL
Internship placement: NOS - National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science - Beaufort Lab
Presentation title: Marine Spatial Planning for Aquaculture in San Diego Bay
 
Mallory Munden – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Marine Biology
University: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Internship placement: NOS - Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (VA)
Presentation title: Evaluating Informal Marine Science Education Programs in the Chesapeake Bay
 
Kammie-Dominique Tavares – EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Environmental Science
University: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Internship placement: NOS - National Marine Sanctuaries
Presentation title: Identifying Potential Beach Sanctuaries on Oʻahu, Hawai‘i for Coastal Biota of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Healthy Oceans
 
Melissa Drown – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major:  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Internship placement: NMFS - Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Sandy Hook, NJ
Presentation title: A New Approach to Ocean Acidification: Design and Testing of a High Frequency CO2 System
 
Kenneth Erickson – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
University: North Carolina State University
Internship placement: NMFS - Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Honolulu, HI
Presentation title: An Extension of the Stepwise Stochastic Approach to Estimate Life History Parameters for Sharks, Groupers, and Other Data-Limited Stocks
 
Kayla Gardner – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Marine Science/Biology
University: University of South Carolina
Internship placement: NMFS - Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Honolulu, HI
Presentation title: Partnering to Save the Pinnipeds: A Synthesis and Evaluation of Hawaiian Monk Seal Education and Outreach Resources
 
Claire Hacker – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Marine Biology/Biological Oceanography
University: Cornell University
Internship placement: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) - Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Sandy Hook, NJ
Presentation title: Quantifying Effects of Parentage on Early Life Stages of Atlantic Silverside (Menidia menidia) in High CO2 Habitats

Weather-Ready Nation
 
Sean Ernst – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Meteorology
University: University of Oklahoma
Internship placement: National Weather Service (NWS) Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD 
Presentation title: Communications in the Eye of the Storm: Understanding National Weather Service (NWS) Decision Support Relationships
 
Amanda Kedzierski – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Meteorology
University: Ball State University
Internship placement: NWS - Chicago Weather Forecast Office, IL
Presentation title: Probabilistic Forecast: Adapting Airport Analytics and Developing User Training

Science and Technology Enterprise
 
Nicholas Barber – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Geosciences
University: Drexel University 
Internship placement: OAR - Newport, OR
Presentation title: A Volcano on the Move: Tilt Data from the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) Cabled Observatory at Axial Seamount

Poster presentation award winners

 
Brianna DeGone – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Biological Engineering
University: University of Maine
Internship placement: NOS - Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Presentation title: Uncovering the Sources of Bacterial Contamination in the Kennebunk River, Maine
 
Caleb Perez – Hollings Undergraduate Scholar
Major: Bioengineering
University: University of Washington
Internship placement: OAR - MIT Sea Grant College Program
Presentation title: Bioelectric Field Measurements: Augmenting Image Recognition for Fisheries Management