AGU is pleased to announce the winners of two student scholarships. Caterina Brighi is the recipient of the 2014 David S. Miller Young Scientist Scholarship, which recognizes a student of the Earth sciences whose academic work exhibits interest and promise.

Megan Behnke is the 2014 recipient of the David E. Lumley Scholarship, which recognizes a ­high-­achieving student who is working on problems of global importance in the energy and environmental sectors of industry and academia.

Brighi is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Imperial College London, focusing on the area of biophysical chemistry and marine chemistry. She has participated in research projects at Imperial College London and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution that aim to provide a better understanding of the mechanisms leading to coral bleaching and proceed toward the development of mitigation strategies. In particular, her studies focus on the level of involvement of the different microorganisms within the coral holobiont in superoxide production.

Megan Behnke
Caterina Brighi

Brighi says she is “honored to receive the David S. Miller award, and I am also very grateful, since it will give me the wonderful opportunity to attend the AGU Fall Meeting and broaden my interest in Earth science.”

She will be attending the 2014 Fall Meeting, presenting a poster during session 4700 titled “Temperature and light effects on extracellular superoxide production by algal and bacterial symbionts in corals: Implications for coral bleaching.”

An undergraduate student at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., Behnke’s passion for science is inspired by her hometown of Juneau in southeast Alaska. Her academic studies focus on organic chemistry and aquatic science. The scholarship allows Behnke to attend this year’s Fall Meeting, where she will present a poster during session 4736 titled “Patterns in DOC concentration and composition in tundra watersheds in the Kolyma River basin.”

Behnke says, “I am so grateful to the AGU community for the Lumley Award. I am not only honored but also humbled and energized by this vote of support and confidence in my scientific potential. I am excited to have discovered a path combining chemistry, water, and the Arctic and am looking forward to making connections with the scientific community at the Fall Meeting.”

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