Each year, the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) offers several financial awards to students completing the first year of their graduate degree with SMEA. Students are nominated by their faculty advisor for the various awards, and are evaluated based on the fit between their research/thesis and the award, their overall academic excellence and involvement in SMEA, and previous financial support/financial need.

2016 awards were presented at the SMEA graduation on June 9, and impressively, every first year student in MARINA Lab received one of the awards. Marisa Nixon and Teressa Pucylowski were co-recipients of the Sidney D. and Barbara F. Campbell Maritime Studies Endowed Fellowship, which honors SMEA graduate students who show excellence in their pursuit of studies with a waterfront or maritime orientation. Pucylowski’s research focuses on life-cycle analysis and shellfish, while Nixon is investigating social dimensions of sustainable seafood.

Hannah Bassett and Hannah Russell were co-recipients of the Jay Ginter Memorial Scholarship. This award honors the memory of Jay Ginter, who graduated from SMEA in 1978 and spent his career with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska, until his death in 2011. Ginter Scholarships are intended for students whose work relates to the interface of fisheries, science and policy. Bassett is examining the intersection of human and environmental health in Philippine dive fisheries, while Russell will spend this autumn doing field work with the pelagic canoe fishery in Takoradi, Ghana.

Finally, Jessica Hernandez was the sole recipient of the Linda J. Maxon Endowment in Marine Policy, which encourages marine policy students in the UW College of the Environment to pursue experiential professional development opportunities. In particular, students who are chosen for this award demonstrate “desire for a powerfully informative experience resulting in better understanding of interdisciplinary, professional network development and challenge the student to leave his/her comfort zone.” Jessica collaborated with several Northwest tribes and nations this year, in particular on issues related to youth empowerment, self-determination and tribal sovereignty, and will continue to do so for her thesis.

In addition to her SMEA award, Nixon recently received a Mortar Board Alumni / Tolo Foundation Tolo-McDonald Scholarship for the 2016-2017 school year, in recognition of her record for scholarship, leadership and community service.

Congratulations to the all of the MARINA first (soon to be second) years on their success!