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April 11, 2017 | E-Ching Lee


John Fear, 919-515-9104,

E-Ching Lee, 919-515-9098,

Students who won awards pose with NC Sea Grant executive director at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences

From left to right, Shilo Felton, Verena Wang, North Carolina Sea Grant Executive Director Susan White, Seth Theuerkauf and Deborah Lichti. Photo by John Joyner.

Five students won awards for presenting their research at North Carolina’s Coastal Conference, hosted by North Carolina Sea Grant in Raleigh.

They were selected based on poster content and design, as well as how well they explained their research, and the implications and relevance of the work.

“We had an excellent poster session. We received submissions from a diverse group of students, many of whom we had not interacted with previously,” says John Fear, Sea Grant deputy director. “The winners exemplified the great body of ongoing research across the University of North Carolina system.”

The winners were:

Two people talking in front of a poster

Liliana Velasquez Montoya was in second place. Photo Becky Kirkland.

Students had the opportunity to discuss their research with a spectrum of researchers, representatives from state and federal agencies, leaders from coastal industries and communities, and their peers from across the state.

Poster topics addressed the conference focus areas: weather, storms and climate, community and ecosystem health, fisheries and aquaculture, and planning and economics.

For a full listing of the 28 students who submitted poster abstracts, go to

North Carolina Sea Grant is currently requesting feedback from conference participants. If you attended the meeting and did not receive an email about our survey, please contact Jack Thigpen, Sea Grant extension director, at


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