Maureen D. Keller Scholarship Awarded
Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is pleased to announce that Lauren L. Grotton of Topsham, Maine is the recipient of the seventh annual scholarship in memory of Maureen D. Keller. (6/25/2008)
WEST BOOTHBAY HARBOR, MAINE - Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is pleased to announce that Lauren L. Grotton of Topsham, Maine is the recipient of the seventh annual scholarship in memory of Maureen D. Keller. Lauren was chosen from a field of 50 applicants to receive $1,000 for college expenses. A 2008 graduate of Mt. Ararat High School, she will attend Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine in September, majoring in Marine Biology. A member of the National Honor Society, Lauren has participated in, and been an award winner, in the Maine State Science and Technology Fair. She is also an award winning Girl Scout as well as a Mt. Ararat dive team member and a participant in her school’s Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Treble Choir. Lauren was also one of sixteen high school juniors to be selected for Bigelow’s Keller BLOOM High School Science Program in 2007.
Dr. Maureen Keller worked at Bigelow Laboratory from 1979 to 1999. Dr. Keller was an expert in the ecology and physiology of marine phytoplankton, the single cell algae that form the base of the food web in the ocean. In addition to her research, Dr. Keller was a leading advocate for teaching science and was instrumental in establishing educational programs for young people at Bigelow. When she died suddenly in 1999, memorial donations from her family and friends established the scholarship fund. The scholarship will be awarded each year to a Maine high school senior or college freshman who plans to major in science. Information on the scholarship and applications are available on-line at www.bigelow.org.
Established in 1974, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences (www.bigelow.org) is a center for global ocean discovery and home to ocean scientists from all over the world. The laboratory’s primary research focus is on the foundation of biological productivity in the world’s oceans and the processes that drive the interactions between ocean ecosystems and global environmental conditions. A private, non profit research institution, Bigelow is supported by federal research grants and private funds.
Photo: Lauren L. Grotton (center), with Bigelow Laboratory researchers Dr. Helga Gomes (left) and Stacey Keith.