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.”

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