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CSUMB Student Selected for Prestigious Marine Scholarship

August 14, 2014

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Emily Aiken

CSU Monterey Bay Graduate Student Emily Aiken will be developing innovative technology to further advance research on the wonders of the deep sea thanks to the 2014 Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship.

Awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, this year’s scholarship was awarded to only three graduate-level students nationwide and recognizes scholars for their outstanding research.

Aiken graduated with her bachelor’s degree in marine science from CSUMB and has decided to stay at the university and pursue a master’s degree in Applied Marine and Watershed Science. During her undergraduate studies, she led several underwater projects, participated in research cruises and collaborated with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to conserve its resources.

With the support from the scholarship, Aiken will conduct research for her thesis in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. She will be using remotely operated vehicles to examine the distribution of fishes relative to deep water corals.

Aiken will be awarded $30,000-$42,000 annually for two years and an additional $10,000 to support a four-to-six week research collaboration at a NOAA facility. She will be the seventh CSU student to receive this scholarship. To learn more about the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship or past recipients, visit


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