VIMS faculty helped inaugurate the new Hall-Bonner scholarship program during a ceremony at Hampton University on April 30.
The program is designed to increase the number of under-represented minority students earning Ph.D. degrees in marine and ocean sciences. It builds on the recognized strengths in graduate-level marine education at VIMS and Old Dominion University. Faculty will mentor Hall-Bonner scholars through the normal Ph.D. curricula at either VIMS or ODU. The students will also take additional specialized courses at Hampton University.
The Program, which provides full support for tuition and stipends, is named for leaders in establishing marine science education at Hampton University—the late professor Anita Hall and the retired dean of the school of science, Dr. Robert Bonner. It is supported by a $1.1 million award from the National Science Foundation.
Pictured from L to R are Dr. Gene Burreson and his student Ms. Delonna White, Dr. Linda Schaffner and her student Ms. Treda Smith, Mr. Leonard Pace, Dr. Rom Lipcius, and Ms. Andrea Roche and her advisor Dr. Margaret Mulholland (ODU). Not pictured are Dr. Jack Musick (mentor to Mr. Pace), Dr. Mike Newman and his student Ms. Erica Holloman, and Dr. Lipcius' student Mr. Justin Falls.