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Texas Sea Grant College Program Funds Three Island University Graduate Students

June 06, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Three graduate students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi are among 12 recipients from three Texas A&M University System institutions receiving research funding from the Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University.

The funds for one-year grants are awarded through Texas Sea Grant’s Grants-in-Aid of Graduate Research Program, which is intended to promote scientific excellence and achievement by providing small grants to graduate students enrolled at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston or Texas A&M-Corpus Christi whose marine or coastal-related research in any field of study is relevant to Texas, though not necessarily based in Texas.

After a rigorous review process, the following A&M-Corpus Christi students received grants:

  • Jennifer Hemphill, a master’s student in marine biology, was funded for her project, “Spatial-temporal distribution of microzooplankton along an estuarine eutrophication gradient.”  She is working with Dr. Michael Wetz, Associate Professor.
  • Avery Scherer, a doctoral candidate in marine biology, was funded to study how oysters change their shells to prevent crabs from eating them. She is working with Dr. Lee Smee, Associate Professor.
  • Jason Selwyn, a doctoral student in marine biology, is determining the causes of spatial and temporal variation in the dispersal kernels of a marine fish. He is working with Dr. Derek Hogan, Assistant Professor. 

All the students were awarded amounts ranging from $1,000 to $2,000, and the grants given totaled $22,048.

“Texas Sea Grant’s Grants-In-Aid of Graduate Research Program supports students in their early research career as they develop their research skills and learn the way to fund that research – grant proposal writing,” said Mia Zwolinski, Texas Sea Grant’s Research Coordinator. “They become more proficient in the proposal process, including finding funding opportunities and ensuring their applications are compliant with proposal guidelines. With mentorship from their faculty advisors, the students learn how to translate research needs into a competitive proposal narrative and develop a budget to support the project.”