University of Minnesota sophomore wins Hollings Scholarships from NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has selected Molly Bergum, a double major in Plant Science and Biology, Society and the Environment, to receive an Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship.  The Hollings Scholarships award 110 college sophomores up to $9,500 a year for their junior and senior years and a paid internship at a NOAA facility during the summer in between.

Bergum, a sophomore from South Range, Wisconsin, has spent the last year supported by an Undergraduate Research Scholarship in the laboratory of Professor Jacques Finlay at St. Anthony Falls, where she has been assessing the dissolution of organic carbon in the Mississippi River.  She also spent last summer engaged in field research along the Lake Superior shoreline and the Brule River in northern Wisconsin to survey aquatic and terrestrial plants.  These research experiences proved to be so engrossing that she changed her study plans from environmental policy to plant science in order to pursue lab and field work in coastal ecology.  She plans to complete a Ph.D. in plant science and would like a career that combines research with public advocacy and education.

The Hollings scholarship is intended to increase public awareness of oceanic and atmospheric science, recruit and prepare students for public service careers in science and natural resources, and to recruit and prepare students for careers as science educators.  University of Minnesota juniors Augustus Pendleton and Claudia Althoen and senior Melissa Drown were selected as Hollings Scholars in previous years. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities students who are interested in applying for the scholarship should contact Timothy Jones in the Office of National and International Scholarships at natschol@umn.edu or 612-624-5522.