A Marine Science student in the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Marine Option Program recently took top honors in the 30th annual Marine Option Program Student Symposium held April 13 at University of Hawaii Maui College.
The Award for Best Overall Research Paper went to Marine Science senior Kristina Tietjen for her project entitled “Evidence for a New Genus of Triphoridae in Hawaii Based on Scanning Electron Micrographs of the Protoconch.”
In addition, marine science senior Laura Knight was awarded the prestigious Anna Toy Ng Memorial scholarship. This award was established to annually recognize the most exemplary student from across the UH System for marine scholarship, ocean stewardship and participation in the Marine Option Program.
Knight is a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Marinen Option Program Sea Turtle Rescue Team, was a NOAA Whale Count Site Leader for the program, participated in the QUEST Scientific Diving program, and was awarded internships through the Kalakaua Marine Education Center to work as a research diver as part of NOAA’s Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument surveys.
Seven other UHH students presented their work at the conference, which included oral and poster presentations on research and internship projects. Students included Sandor Baranyi, Chelsey Bryson, Sean Cantero, Brittany Dolan, Hokuokahalelani Pihana, Alanna Sutton, and Derek Watts. They all received full travel stipends from the program to attend the symposium.
The UHH Marine Option Program is a hands-on program open to students in any field of study who have an interest in the ocean. It is directed on the UH-Hilo campus by the Kalakaua Marine Education Center and is a certificate granting program which offers courses on marine project development through the Department of Marine Science.
For more information, or to join MOP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 933-3907.