Students earn outstanding number of CSU marine science awards

Six SF State biology students will be conducting their own research projects on marine and coastal issues this year, following their outstanding performance in a CSU funding competition.

The CSU's Council on Ocean Affairs, Science and Technology (COAST) encourages students to take an active role in faculty-mentored research through the Student Awards for Marine Science Research.

Photo of Mark Russell outside holding a Cooper's Hawk.

Student Mark Russell cares for an oiled Cooper's Hawk impacted by an oil spill. Russell will use his COAST award to investigate weight loss in marine birds affected by oil contamination. Credit: International Bird Rescue

At the undergraduate level, Mark Russell from Associate Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg's lab was one of seven students from across the CSU selected for COAST's $1,500 undergraduate award.

Five of the 25 COAST awards made to graduate students went to SF State students, who will each receive $3,000 toward their research. These include Lauren Scheinberg from Associate Professor of Biology Katharyn Boyer's lab; Morgan Meyers from Professor of Biology Edward Carpenter's lab; Darragh Clancy from Associate Professor of Biology Sarah Cohen's lab; Katherine McLean from Assistant Professor of Biology Anne Todgham's lab; and Nicole Travis, who works with Frances Wilkerson, research professor at the Romberg Tiburon Center.

COAST is the CSU system-wide affinity group for marine- and coastal-related activities. More information about each student's 2012-13 research project is available at:

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