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Heidi Toomey – Marine Science

"My educational adventure began when I looked at my life and realized that I had stopped growing. 
Then, on a day I will never forget, I received a phone call that was a life changing moment for me.  I was in my car, with the tank low on gas, wondering how I was truly going to move, attend graduate school and start my new life.  When I picked up the phone I was informed of being a recipient of the ARCS Scholar Award.  I felt wonderful emotions of elation, joy, relief and especially excitement!  I knew in that moment that nothing could stop me.  I knew what I wanted and where I wanted to go and now I had the opportunity to really do it!  The feeling was raw and beautiful!"

Pam Hallock Muller - Mentor of the Year

Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Hallock Muller, professor in the College of Marine Science, on her selection as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority PhD Program’s Mentor of the Year during the Compact for Faculty Diversity/Institute on Teaching and Mentoring Conference held October 25-28, in Tampa, FL.  Dr. Hallock Muller is the director of the Coral Reef Indicators Lab and was nominated by Michael Martinez-Colón, a doctoral student in her research group.
Each year, only one faculty advisor from Sloan programs throughout the nation is selected for “demonstrated excellence in mentoring, contributions to increasing diversity and meeting other goals of the Compact’s Mission”.  

Dr. Hallock Muller is a Founding Member of ARCS Foundation Tampa Bay and is an ARCS Scholar (Hawaii).

Melissa Price receives the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Melissa Price (ARCS Scholar Tampa Bay), a USF cancer cell biology graduate student and member of Dr. Alvaro Monteiro’s lab at Moffitt, has been awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows. This National Institutes of Health award is considered one of the most competitive predoctoral fellowships available. (September 2012).