Clark University student researchers receive Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellowships

The 2014 NOAA Fellows were introduced at Clark University April 29. Pictured, from left, are Robert Johnston, director of the Marsh Institute; Michino Hisabayashi; Julianne Murphy; Silvana “Vanessa” Carrasco; and Mosakowski Institute Director Jim Gomes.

The 2014 Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellows were introduced at Clark University April 29. Pictured, from left, are Robert Johnston, director of the Marsh Institute; Julianne Murphy; Silvana “Vanessa” Carrasco; Michino Hisabayashi; and Mosakowski Institute Director Jim Gomes.

Three Clark University students have been named 2014 Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellows. They soon will embark on summer internships to conduct ecological research alongside esteemed scientists in New Jersey, Seattle, and Hawaii.

The George Perkins Marsh Institute and the Mosakowski Institute for Public  Enterprise, in partnership with NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), introduced the students during a luncheon/reception at the Mosakowski Institute, April 29.

Scientists and managers with NOAA are partnering for a third year with Clark University to offer qualified undergraduate students paid summer field internships in NOAA labs and offices nationwide, working in fields such as applied ocean and atmospheric science, policy, and science communication. Each student’s summer activities are overseen by a NOAA scientist or manager, and advised by a Clark faculty mentor. 

Professor Robert Johnston, director of the Marsh Institute, noted the interdisciplinary nature of fellowships and how they embody the Liberal Education and Effective Practice focus at Clark by addressing “critically needed, real-world projects – things that NOAA needs done. It’s a win-win: NOAA gets top-notch students and students at Clark have an opportunity to see their work in action.”

Mosakowski Institute Director Jim Gomes spoke about the program’s quality and the Clark students’ impressive work. “It is gratifying for us to hear back from the people at NOAA about the contributions and successes of the students we send them. We hear high praise for the student interns from Clark. This partnership is a tradition we’re proud of.”

The students will share their research findings with advisers and peers at Clark, during and after their internship experiences.

The 2014 Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellows are:

Carrasco, Silvana '15Silvana “Vanessa” Carrasco ’15 is majoring in Biology and will spend the summer in Seattle studying Impacts of Storage on Bacterial Levels and Product Quality of Farm-raised Macroalgae. Her faculty mentor is Professor David Hibbett of Clark’s Biology Department.

Hisabayashi, Michino '15Michino Hisabayashi ’15 is a Geography major, Economics minor whose NOAA Project will be in Hawaii working on NOAA’s Sentinel Site Program and Habitat Blueprint – From Observation to Stewardship. Professor Deborah Martin of the Graduate School of Geography will serve as Hisabayashi’s faculty mentor.

Murphy, Julianne '17Julianne Murphy ’17 is an intended Biology or Biochemistry major who will work in New Jersey on the project, Diet Effects on Growth and Survival of Deep Sea Red Crab Larvae. Her Clark faculty mentor is Professor Luis Smith from the Carlson School of Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

Three of four 2013 Marsh-Mosakowski NOAA Fellows shared their experiences with the students and guests at the luncheon. Faye Harwell ’15 a biology major whose NOAA project involved coastal ecology in Maine, talked about the deep sense of community she felt: “I was invited into a real research family.” Lucas Earl ’14, a geography major who worked in Puget Sound said he’d “gained a lot by participating in research at a high academic level.” Economics major Desiree Jerome ’14 shared her reflections on working at NOAA headquarters in Washington, D.C., on socio-economic policy and analysis projects. Johnston noted her success in a rigorous and demanding internship.

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