MISS STUDENT WINS SCIENCE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
- A biology student from The University of Southern Mississippi
has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate
22, of Mobile, Ala., was selected from among more than 8,000 applicants
nationwide. The fellowship pays $10,500 for tuition and expenses
and carries a stipend of $27,500 for three years, including a one-time
$1,000 international travel award.
Bru is currently
a graduate assistant working in the migratory bird research group
under Dr. Frank Moore, chair of the Southern Miss Department of
has always been into birds, and it's something we've just always
done together. So, I got involved with the bird research group as
a freshman and did it all four years," said Bru, who received
her undergraduate degree in biology from Southern Miss.
The NSF awarded
900 three-year graduate research fellowships to outstanding college
and university students this spring as part of its effort to help
ensure the vitality and excellence of the U.S. human resource base
in science, mathematics and engineering.
offer support for graduate study in all scientific disciplines.
The graduate fellowship program is one of the NSF's oldest programs.
Fellows are promising young mathematicians, scientists and engineers
whose careers are likely to be marked by significant contributions
to research, teaching and industrial applications.
As an undergraduate,
Bru distinguished herself as a Goldwater Scholar and gained invaluable
research experience while working both in the lab and in the field
with doctoral students in the department of biological sciences.
is one of those rare individuals who combines a sense of wonder
and curiosity about the natural world with a sharp intellect and
a strong work ethic," Moore said. "I think her winning
this says something about the caliber of graduates at Southern Miss."
Bru said she
is interested in how female birds make pre-breeding choices about
males and territories, and how song can affect these choices. "In
particular, I want to know whether song can affect a female's choice
to stop migrating," she said. "Can she be persuaded to
stop early if she hears an appropriate or attractive song?"
Bru has also
done some teaching at the high school level through an NSF graduate
at Collins and I hope to get to continue teaching and working with
high school students," she said.
PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10
-- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead
two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on
Wednesday, March 10.
He will present
a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then
a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at
7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.
the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium
at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003
photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer
questions and sign his books during the reception following his
fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL.
Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks.
Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward
beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees
will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the
more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I
lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."
participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless
they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.
a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between
shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition,
use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography,
techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide
etiquette, the photography business and marketing.
up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern
Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his
career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with
nature photography for the past 29 years.
of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from
all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications
such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana
Outdoors and Life.
He has published
six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the
Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo
Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said
Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.
his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins
sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach
to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural
The GCRL is
home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center
for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial
Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also
a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss
College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the
laboratory at (228) 872-4200.