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Juan Alvarez-Rosario, a student enrolled in the Marine Estuarine and Environmental Science (MEES) master’s degree program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is one of the recipients of the 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.  Juan is the first student to receive the award at UMES. He is currently funded by the NSF Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) - CISCEP, and in part by the NOAA Living Marine Resources Cooperative Science Center (LMRCSC). 

Before enrolling at UMES in fall 2013, Juan completed a B.S. (Cum laude) degree in Environmental science with a minor in marine science at the Universidad Metropolitana, San Juan, Puerto Rico.  In summer 2012, he served as Assistant Coordinator for the Puerto Rican Research Experience for Undergraduates, established in collaboration with the Maryland Sea Grant Program, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences and his home institution.  Prior to that, he held the position of Biology Educator at the Wildlife Museum, San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He has taken part in many research programs at various institutions since 2007, including the Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas, Vigo, Espana, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences, and Michigan Technological University. 

Juan has made many presentations at major scientific meetings in the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico, for which he received presentation awards.  In addition, he has authored one article published in the Global Aquaculture Advocate journal. Among his many awards are the Ana G. Méndez System Medal from Universidad Metropolitana, NOPHNRCSE Scholarship from Natural Resource Conservation Service, USDA, and Haciendo Ambiente Scholarship. Juan’s M.S. degree research project focuses on the trophic role of ctenophores in the Maryland Coastal Lagoons. His major advisor is Dr. Paulinus Chigbu.

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