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stripes The Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research

Fellow from June 2014 announcement Fellow Katie Smith
Fellow Jonathan Sleeper Fellow Katie Smith

By virtue of a very generous gift from the estate of Denise B. Evans, the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP), SOEST, has established the Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research. These awards support outstanding SOEST graduate students in many different fields of oceanographic research. Awards are in the amount of $28,000 per year, and are paid as salary to graduate research assistants at UH Mānoa who will be continuing their studies.

For the purpose of this award, "oceanographic research" is considered in very broad terms. Marine geology and geophysics, ocean engineering (e.g., robotics, data systems), physical/chemical/microbial/biological oceanography, analysis of coral reefs, submarine volcanism, tsunamis, modeling of air-sea interactions, ocean wave energy, ocean remote sensing, and marine biology, are all considered to be covered by this opportunity. However, near-shore investigations of hydrologic/sedimentary processes on land, the effects of sea-level rise on land, the geology of Pacific islands, and island meteorology are all beyond the scope of this award.

Nominations will be reviewed by the HIGP Denise B. Evans Selection Committee, comprised of faculty within HIGP. First and foremost, this Committee will be searching for a student with outstanding research accomplishments who will be studying at Mānoa until at least July 2015. Although education and outreach are valuable aspects of a student's career, it is the research potential that the Committee will consider most important.

-- May 2014 Announcement
  • Jonathan Sleeper from the Department of Geology and Geophysics/Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology is a graduate student with Fernando Martinez. Sleeper's research focuses on the effects of both spreading rate and subduction-related chemical heterogeneities on the volcanic and tectonic characteristics of backarc spreading centers. [ News item ]

-- June 2013 Announcement
  • Yaprak Onat from the Department of Ocean and Resources Engineering is a graduate student with R. Cengiz Ertekin. Onat is working on renewable energy resources. [ News item ]

  • Katie Smith from the Department of Oceanography is a graduate student with Mark Merrifield. Smith is researching how internal tide variability impacts island coastal ecosystems. [ News item ]

-- February 2013 Announcement
  • Alice Colman from the Department of Geology and Geophysics is a graduate student with John Sinton. Colman is researching the effects of the rate of magma supply on mid-ocean ridge volcanic eruptions and magmatic systems. [ News item ]

  • Shimi Rii from the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education is a graduate student with Matthew Church. Rii is researching the role of gradients in controlling plankton community structure. [ News item ]

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How to Apply
Students interested in receiving the Denise B. Evans award for 2014—2015 must follow a specific nomination process. The student's faculty advisor shall nominate the student by submitting a recommendation to his/her department chair (or director in the case of C-MORE, HIMB, HNEI, and HIGP). The chair or director will then forward their three top nominations to the Director of HIGP. No applications submitted directly to HIGP by a student will be accepted. Prior recipients of the Fellowhip are eligible for a second term.

Each nomination must be in the form of a single PDF file and comprise:
  1. A cover letter from advisor (3 page maximum), advocating the student's particular accomplishments to date and the potential impact that the Denise B. Evans award would have on the student's career.
  2. The student's CV, including any publications, conference presentations, ship time, and any other professional activities.
  3. Transcript for student since his/her arrival at UH.
A maximum of three nominations from each organizational unit will be accepted. No prioritization need be given to these three nominations.

Application guidelines in downloadable pdf pdf version

Nomination packages were due at HIGP Office (POST 602) by 4:00 p.m. Monday April 14th, 2014.   The deadline has passed.

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  Updated: 26 June 2014.

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