Alaska Sea Grant director Paula Cullenberg presented two graduate students with awards at the 2017 Alaska Marine Science Symposium (AMSS) in Anchorage.
Sarah Traiger, a doctoral student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, received the Best Student Oral Presentation Award at the PhD Level. Along with a certificate, Traiger received a $250 cash award.
Traiger’s presentation was “Supply and survival: kelp microscopic life stage challenges across a glacial gradient.” Her research is funded by Alaska Sea Grant.
Jenell Larsen, a master’s student also at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, won the Best Student Oral Presentation Award at the Master’s Level. She will receive a $250 cash award along with her certificate.
The title of Larsen’s presentation was “Old ovaries, new tricks: what walrus ovaries can tell us about population fluctuations.”
A total of sixteen graduate students gave oral presentations—ten at the PhD level and six at the master’s level. The oral presentations were judged by scientists attending the symposium.
The oral award competition was sponsored by Alaska Sea Grant. Seven awards also were presented for student posters, in a competition sponsored by the North Pacific Research Board.
A number of CFOS students won awards for poster presentations as well.
At the doctoral level, Taylor White at the University of California Santa Cruz received first place for her poster. White is working on a project that received partial funding from Alaska Sea Grant.
Additionally, Leah Sloan received second place for a doctoral level poster.
At the master’s level, Teresa Minicucci received first place for her poster. Kelly Walker received second place for her master’s level poster.
Finally, Michelle Dela Rosa received the high school level poster award. Dela Rosa was part of the UAF Rural Honors Institute.
Congratulations to all of the award recipients.