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stripes The Denise B. Evans Fellowships in Oceanographic Research

By virtue of a very generous gift from the estate of Denise B. Evans, the Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (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.

The awards are paid as salary to graduate research assistants who are already at UH Mānoa, and who will be continuing their studies. Each will receive salary support, as an RA (11 month appointment). For the period 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019, the amount depends on the pay step at which the successful applicant is appointed at the time of award. There will be no overload payment.

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 beyond the scope of this award.

Nominations will be reviewed by the HIGP Denise B. Evans Selection Committee, comprised of faculty from SOEST. First and foremost, the Committee will search for a student with outstanding research accomplishments who will be studying at Mānoa until at least August 2019. Although education and outreach are valuable aspects of a student's career, it is the research potential that the Committee will consider most important. Nominators should consider this fellowship a reward for accomplishments and not a means to provide salary support for funding gaps.

How to Apply
Students interested in receiving the Denise B. Evans awards for 2018—2019 must follow a specific nomination process. The student's faculty advisor shall nominate the student by submitting a recommendation to her/his SOEST department chair (or director in the case of CMORE, HIMB, HNEI, and HIGP). Students in the Marine Biology graduate program are eligible through the HIMB. 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 Fellowships are eligible for a second year.

Each nomination must be in the form of a single PDF file and comprise of:
  1. A cover letter from the advisor (two 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 full 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 proposals from each organizational unit will be accepted. No prioritization need be given to these three proposals.

>> Please read the Application guidelines in downloadable pdf. pdf version

The Deadline for Nominations Has Passed: Nomination packages were due at HIGP Office (POST 602) by 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018.

Funding to start:: August 1, 2018.

-- August 2018 Announcement
  • Emily L. Young is a PhD candidate from the Department of Oceanography working with Craig R. Smith from Biological Oceanography. Young studies the biodiversity, trophic ecology and ecosystem function at organic-rich whale-bone and wood-fall habitats in the deep sea. [ News item ]

-- September 2017 Announcement
  • Astrid Leitner is a PhD candidate from the Department of Oceanography working with Jeff Drazen from Biological Oceanography. Leitner studies the impacts of seamounts at various scales on marine ecology. [ News item ]

  • Seth Travis, PhD candidate from the Department of Oceanography working with Bo Qiu. Travis examines mesoscale eddy activity in the South Pacific, looking at variability on different time scales and exploring spatial variability across regions of significant topographic features. [ News item ]

-- June 2016 Announcement
  • Phoebe Woodworth-Jefcoats, PhD candidate from the Department of Oceanography. Woodworth-Jefcoats studies climate impacts on pelagic marine fisheries. [ News item ]

  • Christopher Wall, PhD candidate from the Marine Biology graduate program. Wall's research combines issues surrounding climate change and the impacts to coral reefs. [ News item ]

-- July 2015 Announcement
  • Sherry Chou from the Department of Oceanography is a graduate student with Glenn Carter. Chou's physical oceanography research on the ocean energy budget is focused on internal tides interaction with the Hawaiian Islands. [ News item ]

  • Christopher Schvarcz from the Department of Oceanography is a graduate student with Grieg Steward. Schvarcz is pursuing biological oceanography research on marine phytoplankton and their viruses in Hawaiian waters. [ News item ]

-- 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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  Updated 21 AUGUST 2018.

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