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UM Rosenstiel School Hosts Annual Student Awards Ceremony

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Two-year-old Cooper, and his mother, Kelli Slonim present graduate student Hada Herring with the inaugural Cooper Slonim Award, as  Dr. Martin Grosell, associate dean for graduate studies (left) and Dr. Roni Avissar, dean of the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science look on.  Credit: Caridad Rios

MIAMI — May 8, 2013 –The University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is one of the world's premier marine and atmospheric research institutions. The Annual School-wide Awards Ceremony is where graduate students are presented with awards recognizing their scholarly achievement and fellowships to help further their education at the Rosenstiel School.

"The award ceremony is a celebration of the many achievements of our graduate students with a total of $62K being awarded to support the excellent research conducted by our students at the Rosenstiel School," said Dr. Martin Grosell, associate dean for graduate studies.

Held on Friday, May 3 in the F. G. Walton Smith Commons on Virginia Key, the 2013 ceremony was attended by Dr. Roni Avissar, dean of the Rosenstiel School and Grosell, and dozens of students and faculty. The following outstanding students were honored:                                                         
F.G. Walton Smith Prize                            
Dr. Bhatuan Osmanoglu (Marine Geology & Geophysics)

Koczy Prize                                                  
Ross Cunning (Marine Biology & Fisheries)

Frank J. Millero Prize                                            
Ross Cunning (Marine Biology & Fisheries)

Alumni Fellowship 
Katinka Bellomo (Meteorology & Physical Oceanography)
Patrick Rynne (Applied Marine Physics)
Christine Beggs (Marine Affairs & Policy)
Dominique Lazarre (Marine Biology & Fisheries) 
Xayamara Serrano (Marine Biology & Fisheries)         

Mary Roche Fellowship
Sharein El-Tourky (Marine Biology & Fisheries)        
Francesca Forrestal (Marine Biology & Fisheries)       

F.C. and Coreda B. Wallace Fellowship
Theodore Allen (Meteorology & Physical Oceanography)
Noelle Van Ee (Marine Geology & Geophysics)

Luis Aaron Reitmeister Fellowship
Paul Jones (Marine Biology & Fisheries)

David Rowland Fellowship
Esther Goldstein (Marine Biology & Fisheries)
Paul Jones (Marine Biology & Fisheries)

Harry D. Vernon Scholarship/                               
Matthew Archer (Meteorology & Physical Oceanography)

Yamaha Contender Billfish Tournament
Karlisa Callwood (Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy)
Francesca Forrestal (Marine Biology & Fisheries)
Esther Goldstein (Marine Biology & Fisheries)
Atsushi Fujimura (Applied Marine Physics)
Adam Greer (Marine Biology & Fisheries)
David Shiffman (Abess Center for Ecosystem Science & Policy)

Cooper Slonim Award                                             
Hada Herring (UM Master's of Professional Science)

This marked the inaugural Cooper Slonim Award, which was established by the Slonim family for Excellence in Ocean stewardship. The award recognizes a graduate student who exhibits leadership, service, and diplomacy while participating in the University of Miami's Master's of Professional Science. Slonim family members Kelli and her son, Cooper, were on hand for the presentation. 

About the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School
The University of Miami's mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. 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 www.rsmas.miami.edu.

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