Alyssa Demko, a graduate student receiving her M.S. in Marine Biology, recently won the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) award. This prestigious award covers salary and school costs for three years, while simultaneously providing a number of other opportunities for research collaborations.
Out of nearly 14,000 applicants, Alyssa was one of 2,000 students awarded a NSF fellowship, making her the third College of Charleston student to win such a prestigious fellowship!
Alyssa was recently featured on the Grice Marine Laboratory website and on the Patriots Point Science Spotlight website. Alyssa is currently studying with Erik Sotka, where they are looking at the effects of phylogeny and latitude on seaweed palatability. She is currently studying 50 different seaweeds from all over the world!
After defending her thesis this summer and with her NSF-GRFP, Alyssa is planning on receiving her PhD in the fall from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography Program at UC, San Diego. She remarks how she is thrilled to begin working with Dr. Paul Jensen on marine microbial chemical ecology.