The University of Southern Mississippi professors Drs. Thomas F.
and Julia S. Lytle set up the endowed Lytle Scholarship, they expected
the annual award to enhance the educational experience of a deserving
coastal sciences graduate student at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
will benefit this year, however. The selection committee found the
candidates so outstanding that the Lytles, both faculty in the Department
of Coastal Sciences at the lab, asked GCRL and the department to
consider two additional awards.
of the 2003 awards for $500 each are master's students Micah Bakenhaster,
Lytle Scholarship; Debbie Vivian, GCRL Scholarship; and Gretchen
Waggy, Coastal Sciences Scholarship. The selection committee considered
the students' letters of application, professional goals, enthusiasm
for pursuing careers in coastal sciences and proposed use of the
award to enhance their careers.
research focuses on the life history of a group of small parasitic
crustaceans. His faculty adviser is Dr. Richard Heard, professor
of coastal sciences and a marine invertebrate zoologist. Bakenhaster
and wife Megan are Ocean Springs residents. He is the son of Dan
and Kathy Bakenhaster of Shelby, Ohio.
adviser is Dr. Chet Rakocinski, assistant professor of coastal sciences
and a benthic ecologist. She is investigating the recruitment and
growth of postlarval Fundulus grandis, known locally as bull minnows.
The Ocean Springs resident is from Eatontown, N.J. Her parents are
Vivian Lee of Eatontown and Richard Vivian of Atlantic Highlands.
is on the life history of the silver perch, Bairdella chrysoura.
Her faculty adviser is Dr. Mark Peterson, professor of coastal sciences
and a fisheries ecologist. She is from Franklin, W.V., where her
parents, Paula and Charles Waggy, reside.