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Two UH Hilo students receive NOAA/Hollings Scholarships

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Date: Monday, October 24, 2005
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

Two students at the University of Hawaii at Hilohave been awarded 2005 Ernest F. Hollings Scholarships by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration.

Lora L. Reeve of Hilo is a junior majoring in biology. Caitlin L. Kryss of Hilo is a junior with dual majors in conservation biology and marine science and a minor in chemistry. They are the only Hollings Scholarship recipients in the UH system for 2005.

The Hollings scholarship program, which is named for a former U.S. Senator from South Carolina, is designed to: increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; recruit and prepare students for public service careers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.

Before attending UH Hilo, Reeve earned a B.A. in Asian studies from Southern Oregon University and an M.B.A. in international management from Thunderbird/Garvin School of International Management in Glendale, AZ. She is attending UH Hilo to gain the math and science background to prepare for doctoral studies in international environmental policy with a special interest in marine mammals acoustics.

Kryss plans to continue work in the fields of marine science and conservation biology with an eye toward coral reef ecology and reef conservation in Hawai‘i. After graduation from UH Hilo, she would like to do some field work before earning a doctorate.

“They’re both very impressive; I think they’re going to do very well,” said Dr. Leon Hallacher, a professor of biology at UH Hilo.

“Lora is a non-traditional student who has done other things. She’s very worldly and very interested in marine mammals. This past summer, she went on a research cruise with (Pacific Aquaculture and Coastal Resource Center cetacean biologist) Keiko Sekiguchi via Hokkaido University looking at whale populations in the Bering Sea. She has a fair amount of experience working with marine mammals. She’s also done humpback whale censusing in conjunction with the Pacific Whale Foundation.

“Caitlin is an accomplished swimmer and diver. The QUEST (Quantitative Ecological Underwater Survey Techniques) course teaches underwater research techniques and Caitlin was really strong academically, an excellent student. She’s done turtle tagging with us and is really strong in the water.”
The Hollings Scholarship provides up to $8,000 of academic assistance per school year for full-time study during the junior and senior years, a required 10-week, paid ($650/week) internship during the summer between the junior and senior years at NOAA or a NOAA approved facility, a housing subsidy during the internship and limited reimbursement for round-trip travel to the internship site for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship as well as travel expenses to the Hollings scholarship program conference at the completion of the internship.

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