photo of a diver on a tug rope underwater

Previously a Nancy Foster Scholar, Dr. Kelly Keogh is now the Maritime Heritage Coordinator at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Photo: Tane Casserley/NOAA

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship

NOAA’s Hands-on education, managed by the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, provides financial support for students pursuing advanced studies in marine science to undertake research projects in our national marine sanctuaries. With its emphasis on outstanding scholarship and independent graduate-level research — particularly by female and minority students — this prestigious scholarship helps train the next generation of ocean scientists. Here are some of the current and previous Dr. Nancy Foster scholars.


Dr. Andrea Quattrini sitting infront of monitors

Dr. Andrea Quattrini earned her PhD from Temple University. While a Nancy Foster Scholar, she studied the genetic connectivity of deepwater gorgonians in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and beyond. Photo: Art Howard/NOAA

lindsay marks' standing on invasive kelp removed from Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Lindsay Marks’ doctoral research investigates invasive species in the kelp forests of Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Sam Ginthe

Richard Coleman getting ready to dive in the water

Richard Coleman’s PhD research is investigating the connectivity of fish species within the main Hawaiian Islands and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Photo: Brian Hauk/NOAA

Jan Vincete filming underwater

Jan Vicente’s dissertation focuses on the impact that ocean acidification has on sponges. Photo: Andrea Dingeldein

mike fox examining samples collected from the water

Mike Fox’s (left) PhD research focuses on how nutrient pollution affects competitive interactions between reef-building corals and macroalgae within Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Photo: Matt McIntosh/NOAA

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