Marine Biology Student Earns Prestigious Hollings Fellowship
Marine Biology Student Earns Prestigious Hollings Fellowship

by John A. Lahtinen
Communications and Public Affairs Writer/Editor


From her first visit to campus, Jessica Norstog ’15 was immediately hooked by the University’s marine biology program.

“After getting some advice and guidance from a sophomore marine biology student and participating in an Accepted Students Day, I knew that I needed to come here,” said Norstog, a Fargo, N.D., native. “The program offers immediate experience in the marine biology field.”

Jessica Norstog ’15

A marine biology and environmental science major, Norstog was recently awarded a Ernest F. Hollings Fellowship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The award includes two years of tuition support and a 10-week paid summer internship at an NOAA lab.

Norstog believes her experience in the field help differentiate her from other candidates. 

“What I believe gave me the upper hand was my volunteer work at the Northeast Fisheries Science Center NOAA Lab in Milford, where I participated in a project focusing on the components of oyster blood,” Norstog said.

Now that she has discovered her passion for the marine biology field, Norstog looks forward to more classes and field labs.

“My professors are absolutely fantastic,” she says. “I cannot begin to explain how much I love and value their enthusiasm. Even if I am not interested in a certain topic, my professors' excitement makes me want to learn more.”

Carmela Cuomo, associate professor of biology and environmental science, lauded Norstog for her work.

"Jessica is a very bright, articulate and curious young woman who I expect will go very far,” said Cuomo. “I’m sure she has a bright future ahead of her as a scientist, and this fellowship will speed her on her way. She represents the best of UNH. I’m very excited for her.”

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