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Released July 5, 2003


HATTIESBURG--When 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.

Three students 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.

Recipients 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.

Bakenhaster's 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.

Vivian's faculty 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.

Waggy's research 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.


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