Student Awards and Highlights

Makenzie Burrows for received the inaugural Vembu Subramanian MSAC Award

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Congratulations to USF Marine Science graduate student and WLP Scholar Makenzie Burrows for receiving the inaugural Vembu Subramanian MSAC Award for her dedication to the Tampa Bay community.

The Vembu Award was established in 2018 and reached endowment status just this past weekend.  It celebrates the spirit of a man whose kindness, positivity, intelligence, selflessness and happiness left an indelible mark on our college and on all who were fortunate to know him.  The intent of the award is to celebrate the culture of giving in our college by recognizing a student who reflects Vembu’s spirit through service to their fellow students, the college and to the greater ocean science community. 

We are fortunate to have had such a strong group of nominees to choose from.  In total, 19 nominations were submitted for 11 students.  All nominations but one were made by fellow students.  The quality of the nominations, the sheer volume of activities that students are taking upon yourselves is astounding. There is so much to be proud of.  Thank you.

We are thrilled to recognize Makenzie’s hard work and passion through the 2019 Vembu Subramanian MSAC Award.  In the words of her advisor Dr. Mya Breitbart, Makenzie “understands that science is about community as much as it is about data or methods, and she is absolutely tireless in her efforts to support and promote our community.  Her enthusiasm is contagious and her influence can be seen all around St Pete.”

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