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Eight Eckerd College Students Top 2007 List of NOAA Hollings Scholars

posted on 05/14/2007



The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded scholarships in the 2007 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program to eight Eckerd College students: Caroline Antolik, Jason Dorfman, Emma Hiolski, Kristen Jabanoski, Graham Johnston, Kassandra Smith, Caroline Storer, and Brittany Wright.

Since its inception in 2005, 17 Eckerd students have been named Hollings Scholars - more than any other college or university in the U.S. - topping Cornell University (12), University of Alabama (11) and Penn State University (11).

The undergraduate scholarships, awarded in honor of Senator Hollings (South Carolina-D) who championed the creation of the NOAA and was among the most vocal of ocean advocates during his 36 years in Congress, are awarded annually to accredited college or university students interested in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology and education. The purpose of the Hollings Scholarship Program is to increase public understanding and recruit and prepare students for public service careers or careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science.

Recipients are eligible for up to $8,000 of academic assistance per year for full-time study during the junior and senior years; a 10-week, paid internship during the summer of 2008, including a housing subsidy; round-trip travel to the internship site; and travel expenses to the Hollings program conference in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Eckerd's Hollings Scholars


Caroline Antolik is majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry. She is the daughter of Barbara Bone and Paul Antolik of Houston, Texas, where she attended St. Agnes Academy. A Ford Apprentice Scholar in the Honors Program, she has served as a general chemistry lab teaching assistant, research assistant and received the Freshman Research Associates Award. While at Eckerd, she has participated in Eckerd's Water Polo Club. This summer, she will intern at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center through the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Caroline is interested in spending her NOAA summer internship in a position involving the applications of genetics to studies of marine populations.



Jason Dorfman is majoring in marine science with a concentration in geology and minoring in biology. He is the son of Jan and Linda Dorfman of Littleton, Colorado where he attended Denver University High School. While at Eckerd, he has been a member of the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team and men's tennis team and has played intramural sports. A student in the Honors Program, he has participated in the Eckerd Freshman Research Program and served as an assistant teacher/tutor at Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg. He spent his 2006 winter term in the British Virgin Islands and will intern this summer with marine geology professor Gregg Brooks. Jason may spend his NOAA internship studying marine geology on the west coast.



Emma Hiolski is majoring in biochemistry and marine science with a concentration in biology, and a possible minor in Japanese. She is the daughter of Marcin & Tehra Hiolski of Oak Park, Illinois, where she attended Oak Park & River Forest High School. While at Eckerd, Emma has served as a teaching aid for Biology of Vertebrates, performed with the Instrumental Ensemble and volunteered her time on the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Team. Emma plans to spend her NOAA internship working with cetacean field research in either Seattle or South Carolina.



Kristen Jabanoski is majoring in marine science with a concentration in biology, and minoring in the classics and environmental studies. She is the daughter of Kathleen and Kenneth Jabanoski of Foxborough, Mass., where she attended Foxborough High School. While at Eckerd, Kristen has been a member of the Earth Society and will be serving as president for the 2007-08 year. During her freshman year, she studied lactic acid metabolism in crustaceans and has assisted in a freshwater turtle tag and recapture survey. She is a Ford Scholar and has served as a teacher's aid for Professor Jeannine Lessmann's marine and freshwater botany lab. Kristen plans to spend her NOAA internship pursuing a position that combines conservation and marine biology, such as coral reef or red tide research.



Graham Johnston is majoring in marine geophysics and minoring in mathematics. He is the son of Denise and Jim Johnston of Parker, Colorado, where he attended Ponderosa High School. A 2-year member of the Eckerd College Search and Rescue Program, he has worked at the Waterfront Program in the shop and as a fishing boat captain. He has served as a teacherís aid for the marine geology lab. His summer internship with Professor Gregg Brooks will involve several different geology research projects in Tampa Bay and the Virgin Islands. Graham plans to spend his NOAA internship at one of the geophysics research offices around the country.



Kassandra Smith is majoring in marine sciencemarine science and geology and minoring in biology. She is the daughter of Debbie and Paul Smith of Medway, Mass., where she attended Medway High School. Her research projects have included: serving as a freshman research intern for paleoclimatology focusing on the historical sea surface temperature record of Tampa Bay; working as a lab assistant at the University of South Florida studying paleoclimatology in the North Atlantic and the Labrador Sea; and doing brief lab assistance with the U.S. Geological Survey working on sediment cores from the Florida Everglades. Kassandra plans to spend her NOAA internship in Boulder, Colorado or Alaska studying the relationship between the atmosphere and ocean for changes in climate.



Caroline Storer is majoring in marine science with a concentration in biology and minoring in mathematics and chemistry. She is the daughter of Ann Protzman and Tom Storer, both of Chicago, where she attended Whitney M.Young Magnet High School. This future Ford Scholarís research projects have included: the Eckerd Freshman Research Program studying the reproductive behavioral ecology of Gulf pipefish; the NSF REU program interning at the Chicago Botanic Gardenís genetics lab reconstructing the phylogeny of the Genus Dorstenia using DNA sequence data; and this summer, she will be working at New York Cityís American Museum of Natural History in DNA sequence data to examine the genetic diversity of the spiny lobster, black land crab and bonefish populations in the Bahamas. Caroline plans to spend her NOAA internship working in the NOAA Fishery Services genetics and evolution program to study the genetic diversity and health of fisheries; or the Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Bimolecular Research to study the implications of different environmental interactions on gene expression.



Brittany Wright is majoring in chemistry and environmental studies. She is the daughter of Jack and Cynthia Wright of Asheville, North Carolina where she attended A.C. Reynolds High School. While at Eckerd, she has been a member of the Marine Biology Club, served as an Eckerd Ambassador, participated in the Eckerd College Dolphin Project, volunteered with special needs children, and interned at USF College of Marine Science working on a global carbon measuring system. Brittany plans to spend her NOAA internship studying climate change and global warming.

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