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   Date: 7/30/10 Bookmark and Share

Rising Junior Awarded Hollings Scholarship

Alexandra Page í12, a chemistry major, is one of just 130 sophomores nationwide to receive the 2010 Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Hollings Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit. More than1,200 students were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities throughout the country.

Alexandra Page in the lab.

In addition to the two-year academic scholarship, the Hollings Scholarship Program provides a 10-week, full-time, all-expenses paid internship position during the summer between junior and senior year at a NOAA facility. The internship provides the scholars with hands-on educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a Hollings Scholarship Program orientation in Washington, D.C., as well as conferences where students present research papers at the conclusion of their internship.

At Smith, Page has researched marine protected areas for Paulette Peckol, professor of biological sciences, and will be working in the lab of Kevin Shea, associate professor of chemistry, working on organic synthesis. This summer, she is interning for Duke University Professor Zachary Johnson, whose research focuses on algae bio-fuels. In her upcoming junior year, she will spend her second semester in Ecuador studying comparative ecology and conservation.

The Hollings Scholarship program is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and to foster multidisciplinary training opportunities. Additionally, its goal is to increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy. The scholarship program honors retiring Senator Ernest F. Hollings ((D), South Carolina.

Page, who is from Brookline, Mass., is a member of Smithís varsity swim and lacrosse teams, and is a dancer in the Celebrations Dance Company. She has been a STRIDE Fellow and has received the New England Menís and Womenís Athletic Conference all-conference academic student-athlete award .

 

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