Two Biology Freshmen Win Summer Research Fellowships

March 04, 2018
  • David Gonzales and Ashley Pavia
David Gonzales and Ashley Pavia will participate in the prestigious Research Experience for Undergraduates summer program at Texas A&M University.

Two MMC freshmen, David Gonzales and Ashley Pavia, have been awarded prestigious summer fellowships to conduct research in ocean science this coming summer. David is a Biology major, and Ashley is a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies. Both students have minors in Chemistry. The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program Observing the Ocean is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and takes place at Texas A&M University. The fellowships are highly competitive, as the university receives a large number of applications from across the country for only 10 summer research positions. The scholarship includes a generous stipend as well as accommodations and a travel allowance.  

Both students will conduct research in the biogeochemistry of coastal and marine environments with Drs. Yina Liu and Shari Yvon-Lewis. Their summer experience will include participation in a team glider project aboard the R/V Pelican in late June. This intensive introduction to field work and scientific measurements will prepare David and Ashley to continue work in Prof. Alessandra Leri’s environmental chemistry lab throughout their undergraduate careers at MMC. 

Ashley says, “I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this research program that will prepare me for a future career in marine science and ocean conservation research.”  David reports that he is “extremely honored to have the opportunity to embark on this program to prepare me for my dream career as an environmental engineer.”

Please join the Department of Natural Sciences in congratulating Ashley and David!