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Fellowship Experiences

A blog by and about students supported by Maryland Sea Grant

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Daniel Teodoro with his poster on the importance of stakeholder satisfaction at a conference in The Netherlands.

My Scientific Crush: The Chesapeake Bay

Daniel Teodoro • April 3, 2020
Truth be told, at the start of my PhD journey I did not expect to focus all of my research on the Chesapeake Bay. A combination of opportunity and pragmatism led me to let go of my initial study area in my home country of El Salvador and pursue a fellowship with Maryland Sea Grant. I had no idea I was on course to finding my scientific love.  Read more . . .
Matthew Wilfong installs a weir and water level logger within the outfall pipe of a dry detention pond.

The water cycle is not just about H20: How a grade-school standby could benefit from an update

Matthew Tyler Wilfong • March 10, 2020
Most people remember learning about the water cycle in grade school: evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, and condensation. We may not all remember exactly how they fit into the cycle, but can draw some resemblance from memory. I am willing to bet you can come up with something fairly close if you tried to now.  Read more . . .
Melanie Jackson standing in front of Muriel, one of only 14 Lockheed Electra L-10E airplanes ever made—in 1935—and the last surviving one.

I stayed open to opportunity, and it led to me meeting a childhood hero

Melanie Jackson Osborn • February 28, 2020
I couldn’t stop smiling when I saw my colleague’s question in an email. “Would you be available to staff a 24-hour Ocean Exploration STEM event with Admiral Gallaudet, Dr. Ballard, and Senator Moran next week?”  Read more . . .
Headshot of Taylor Armstrong, a PhD student in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Science program at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

To pursue a doctorate or not . . . that is the question

Taylor Armstrong • January 6, 2020
Deciding whether to pursue a PhD in a scientific field can feel the same as Hamlet’s phrase contemplating between existence and non-existence. For a young person deciding his or her life’s course, it’s a pretty big decision. A PhD is a long-term commitment filled with a lot of work and little pay. Will you enjoy it? Or will you simply endure it?  Read more . . .
An oyster farm in Maine. The floating cages frozen over and only the cage floats are visable.

It’s a Hard (Shell) Knock Life: Working on an oyster farm builds character. But what if we could make it easier?

Brendan Campbell • December 19, 2019
To be a shellfish farmer means long days on your feet, embracing harsh weather while lifting heavy cages. It all takes a toll over time. But a day on the water is another dollar in your pocket, so you push through and persevere. I spent many days out in the heat and in the cold grading, counting, and bagging clams and oysters for whoever was hiring for a season.  Read more . . .