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Anjali D. Boyd ’19 Marine Science Endowed Scholarship for African American Students

Anjali D. Boyd is a marine scientist, educator, entrepreneur, and elected official. Boyd graduated from Eckerd College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in marine science and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment as a Dean’s Graduate Fellow. Her work is supported by prestigious fellowships: the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Ford Fellow, and National Geographic Explorer. Boyd’s research ambitiously aims to develop innovative, cost-effective strategies for the restoration and conservation of fragile marine ecosystems. Her contributions to marine science are documented through numerous scientific publications and have been recognized by prestigious organizations including the Smithsonian, NOAA, National Academy of Sciences, and the Aspen Institute.

During her time at Eckerd, Boyd was heavily involved in research and leadership initiatives, contributing significantly to the Eckerd College Dolphin Project, founding the EC Marine Science Club, and serving as president of the Student Ambassadors. As a result of her efforts, Boyd was awarded the prestigious Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship from NOAA, highlighting her dedication to marine science and community engagement.

Beyond her scientific endeavors, Anjali is deeply committed to enhancing diversity and inclusion within ocean science. She actively works to amplify the presence and voices of women and ethnic minorities in the field. Throughout her career, she has assumed several leadership positions across notable organizations and institutions. As an Early Career Liaison to the US National Committee for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, a Board of Directors member for Black Women in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Science, and through her involvement in various committees and task forces at Duke University, Eckerd College, and the Ecological Society of America, Boyd has demonstrated her dedication to fostering diversity and equity within environmental science and conservation fields.

As the director of iNviTechnology, Boyd spearheads initiatives aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of women and ethnic minorities in STEM fields. Through innovative educational programs, she engages children from infancy to K-12, nurturing early interest and participation in STEM disciplines. Additionally, in her hometown of Durham, North Carolina, Anjali serves her community as an elected Durham County Soil and Water Conservation district supervisor, further showcasing her commitment to environmental stewardship and public service.

In alignment with her ongoing efforts to promote Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) in STEM and environmental conservation, Boyd established the Anjali D. Boyd ’19 Marine Science Endowed Scholarship for African American Students at Eckerd College. This scholarship aims to provide African American students with the opportunity to pursue marine science education at Eckerd College and to increase their representation in aquatic sciences careers. The scholarship is awarded to African American students who are in good academic standing and majoring in marine science, supporting Boyd’s vision of a more inclusive and diverse scientific community.

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