Congratulations to USVI Hub graduate student Lila Uzzell who was recently awarded the Noble Samuel Scholarship! This scholarship was offered by the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park and Lila is one of the first recipients to receive it ($5,000). Lila also received the Ruby Rutnik Scholarship Fund earlier this year in June, $2,500, to assist in advancing her goals for higher education.
Congratulations to USVI Hub Workforce Fellow, Zola Roper, who has a new role as the territory’s new Marine Debris Coordinator beginning in January!
USVI Hub SEAS student participant, Samuel Gittens Jr., has accepted the position as Coral Disease Treatment Specialist Level I at the University of the Virgin Islands within the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies on St. Thomas.
Check out the awesome video that YOE student Portia Miles made, highlighting some of the amazing ecosystems found in the USVI, using information she gathered through YOE and other programs. Portia also assisted Akacia Halliday (Bridge Program 2017) with collecting samples over the holiday break.
All 5 of the 2021 Guam Hub undergraduate Fellows (Gabriella Prelosky, Britney Sison, Anela Duenas, Daniel Mabagos, and Anna Aguirre) presented at both the SACNAS and CERF conferences. Gabby and Britney were each recognized with the “CERF 2021 Best Undergraduate Poster Award” for their research on diatom species in the Marianas.
A new cohort of 6 Guam undergraduates start their year-long research experience January 2022! Welcome Khazmyne Kawamoto and Caleb Laserna (with faculty mentor, Dr. Lobban), Rebecca Salas (with mentor, Dr. Bentlage), Alyssa Calalo (with faculty mentor, Dr. Demeulenaere), John Sacayan (with faculty mentor, Dr. Patil), and Raianne Quichocho (with Dr. Schils)!