Incoming Undergraduate Student Body Offers Impressive Credentials

New crop of students has highest SATs, scholarship winners, NOSB champs in the mix

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MIAMI — Thirteen Isaac Bashevis Singer Scholars and six Foote Fellows are among the incoming first-year class of students at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science who began classes this week. The class is not only the largest in memory, but also has the highest entry scores. Students will participate in the three majors offered — Marine Science, Meteorology, and Marine Affairs – many opting for double-majors in combination with other UM schools and colleges.

The 132 students represent 27 states across the country with Florida, Illinois, New York and North Carolina leading the charge. The incoming class is internationally diverse as well, with students from Puerto Rico, France Germany and as far as China and India, arriving in South Florida to learn from the Rosenstiel School’s renowned professors in marine and atmospheric science.

“Our program continues to grow and attract students with increasingly impressive credentials. We are looking forward to the new academic year, and working with all of our students to get them underway,” said Dr. Will Drennan, Professor and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for the Rosenstiel School. “We are also very excited that our program has new, dedicated offices and a computer laboratory in the Ungar Building on Coral Gables campus, where we can serve our students.”

Thirty students, or nearly a quarter of the class, are enrolled with Honors.  Among those students are two scholarship winners from the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) – Jorie Heilman and Helen Stockman. Heilman who attended Lexington High School in Massachusetts plans to study Marine Science and Biology. A 2009 NOSB first place winner of the “Living on the Ocean Planet” video contest, Heilman has spent much of her time volunteering at the New England Aquarium. Stockman has spent her time as a peer counselor educating others about substance abuse prevention. This Waterford, Conn. native was also one of six students included in the accelerated Marine Scholars program at the University of Connecticut. Stockman will also be studying Marine Science and Biology while at UM.

About the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives. Founded in the 1940’s, the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science has grown into one of the world’s premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. Offering dynamic interdisciplinary academics, the Rosenstiel School is dedicated to helping communities to better understand the planet, participating in the establishment of environmental policies, and aiding in the improvement of society and quality of life. For more information, please visit

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