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Two Virginia Tech fisheries students earn NOAA scholarships


   

Andrew Shamaskin (left), Brendan Runde holding a fish they've caught Andrew Shamaskin (left), Brendan Runde


BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 3, 2011 – Two Virginia Tech students have been awarded Ernest F. Hollings Scholarships by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. 

Sophomores Andrew Shamaskin of Midlothian, Va., and Brendan Runde of Mechanicsville, Md., both majoring in fisheries sciences in the College of Natural Resources and Environment, each received a scholarship and a 10-week summer internship position at a NOAA facility.

“The Hollings Scholarship is a competitive and prestigious award,” noted Eric Hallerman, head of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation. “Recipients often go on to graduate studies and noteworthy careers in marine resources management.”

Both students are searching for an internship that will best suit their interests.

“I am interested in working on population dynamics of marine resources and setting regulations for our oceans’ highly migratory species,” Shamaskin said.

Runde is searching for an internship in Miami or Key West, Fla. “The job would likely include scuba diving on coral reefs and conducting research pertaining to fish and/or coral populations,” he said.

Shamaskin is attending the University of Washington in the fall 2011 semester and will return to Virginia Tech in spring 2012 to continue his studies under the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation’s new marine sciences option. He plans to continue on to graduate school once he completes his undergraduate degree.

Runde also says he plans on pursuing a graduate degree. “I hope to be performing meaningful research on the dynamics of damaged or imperiled aquatic ecosystems,” he said. “Helping to correct the wrongs that have been committed against such a fragile environment would be gratifying to me.”

The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech, which consistently ranks among the top three programs of its kind in the nation, advances the science of sustainability. Programs prepare the future generation of leaders to address the complex natural resources issues facing the planet. World-class faculty lead transformational research that complements the student learning experience and impacts citizens and communities across the globe on sustainability issues, especially as they pertain to water, climate, fisheries, wildlife, forestry, sustainable biomaterials, ecosystems, and geography. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

Written by Megan D’Angelo, a senior communication major in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.