Marine Science

Marine Science

Awards and Recognition

Eckerd Marine Science Major Ben Belgrad '13 Named Goldwater Scholar

Ben BelgradJunior Ben Belgrad '13 of Boardman, Ohio, is one of 282 college students nationwide to receive the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. He is the 13th Eckerd College student to be named a Goldwater Scholar. Read full announcement.

Every spring, the Eckerd College Marine Science faculty select 1-2 graduating seniors that have demonstrated academic excellence or service to the major.  Below are the winners for each award:

2013 Benjamin Belgrad and Maxine Hui Yan Tin
2012 Corie Charpentier
2011 Lillian R. McCormick and Rachel C. Harbeitner
2010 Ben L. Cournoyer and Heather Relyea
2009 Emma Hiolski
2008 Kimberly Schmidt
2007 Rebecca R. Helm
2006 Lauren Yeager
2005 Jeremy Bracone and Lance Mosher

2013 Kevin Jonathan Mack
2012 Lauren Van Woudenberg and Arya Poppema-Bannon
2011 Nathan W. Van Bibber and Hope L. Ronco
2009 Caroline Storer
2008 Heather Hunsperger
2006 Stephanie Sunderman
2006 Jessica Rake


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently announced that seven Eckerd College students were selected as 2012 Hollings Scholars, edging its total number of winners over a eight-year period to 46. The top schools for the 8 year period are: Eckerd College 46, University of Miami 31, University of Oklahoma 29, Penn State 28, Cornell University 23, and University of Alabama 22.

Eckerd College's 2013 Hollings Scholars:
Alison Clift ’15 of Steep Falls, ME
Christopher Flight ’15 of Schaumburg, IL
Jeffrey Good ’15 of Pittsburgh, PA
Laura Mowczan ’15 of Neptune, NJ
Colleen O’Brien ’15 of Chardon, OH
Melssa Pappas ’15 of Tempe, AZ
Jordan Trimble ’15 of Rockford, MI
Click here to see all of Eckerd's Hollings Scholars

The Hollings Scholarship provides each student with an $8,000 scholarship for the junior year, an $8,000 scholarship for the senior year, a fully paid 10-week internship at a NOAA agency during the summer between the junior and senior year, round-trip travel to the internship site, and travel expenses to the Hollings conference in Silver Spring, Maryland. For application materials, and more information on the program and eligibility requirements, contact the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program.

Student Research

Given the close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico and subtropical climate, the Tampa Bay region has a high concentration of marine research and academic institutions. Because of many local connections in the Tampa Bay area, a large number of opportunities are available to our students through government and private marine agencies and laboratories, public aquaria, marine conservation institutions, environmental consulting firms, and commercial aquaculture firms.

$1Mil Renovation Project

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The National Science Foundation awarded Eckerd College $870,720 to renovate research spaces within the Galbraith Marine Science Laboratory during the summer of 2011. Eckerd contributions to the project bring the total renovation budget to over $1 million. Learn more.