Lara Rath ’08 has made a mark in her field of biological
sciences as one of only 100 students nationwide to receive a
prestigious Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship from the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Established just two years ago, the scholarship offers
students more than just financial assistance for their
education. NOAA supports undergraduate training in fields
of oceanic and atmospheric science, research and technology,
and the organization works to increase public understanding
of environmental issues. The financial support is offered
during junior and senior years of undergraduate study,
providing a paid 10-week internship during the summer
between these years.
Rath is currently studying at the Duke Marine Laboratory,
where the NOAA Scholarship afforded her the opportunity
to take field courses in Singapore and Trinidad, as well as
additional opportunities to network with NOAA officials.