Written by Sean Beckwith, Web Content Developer for USFCMS
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The 2018 USF College of Marine Science Fellowships and Awards Luncheon was held this past Friday, October 5, 2018 at the Mahaffey Theater – Duke Energy Center for the Arts. The event was made possible by the gracious support of donors and by Duke Energy (Presenting Sponsor), Harvard Jolly Architecture (Gold Sponsor), Biltmore Construction Co., Inc., Southern Roots Realty, and the Bank of Tampa (Silver Sponsors).
The College is continually supported through fellowships established by an ever growing list of donors whose generosity enables future research endeavors. With 29 fellowships awarded annually to CMS graduate students, and 3 special awards given for Outstanding Authorship, Interdisciplinary Engineering, and Innovative Research, the gifts endowed upon the CMS community are both an honor and a very necessary component of the incredible scientific strides being made in the marine and aquatic sciences.
Opening remarks at the luncheon were given by Dean Jacqueline Dixon and by invited speaker, Admiral Jonathan White, who serves in Washington, D.C. as the CEO and President of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership. Alumni remarks were provided by Jacquline Long, a recent M.S. graduate and recipient of this year’s Sacket Prize for Innovative Research, who relayed the hard work and perseverance of graduate students and also shared some exciting stories of her current work at Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
Speaking on behalf of the current student body, Jonathan Sharp, recipient of the 2016 Knight Fellowship award, addressed the roomful of donors, faculty, and guests, and painted an intimate portrait of the positive impact that the fellowships have on each student, from the perspective of financial support but also the research advantage that it brings to the student and their faculty mentor.