OCEAN SPRINGS -- Local
resident Michele Branson is the first recipient of a $1,000 scholarship
from the Bennie A. Rohr Scholarship Fund to attend the summer field
program of The University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research
Rohr is a scientist with the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service in
Pascagoula. He conducted his graduate research at the local marine
laboratory with Dr. Gordon Gunter, the late GCRL director, as his
research adviser. Rohr endowed the scholarship to be awarded for
coast students to attend the GCRL's summer marine biology field
Branson is a senior biology major at Mississippi University
for Women and is the daughter of Terry and Joan Branson of Ocean
Springs. With the support of the scholarship, she completed the
GCRL's barrier island ecology and marine mammals courses during
the lab's summer session.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must
be residents of Hancock, Harrison or Jackson counties and must be
majoring in biology. The GCRL's 12-week, three-term program enables
students to earn up to 12 semester hours of credit during the summer.
The GCRL is part of the university's College of Science and Technology.