MELBOURNE, FLA.—At Florida Tech’s annual Honors Convocation in April, Andrea Cross received the Dr. Kerry Bruce Clark Endowed Scholarship in Marine Biology. She earned the award for her strong academic record, faculty recommendations, involvement in research, and campus community activities. Cross is a resident of Maple Grove, Minn.
Currently a senior majoring in marine biology, Cross is secretary of the Tri-Beta biological honor society; past officer of the Aquaculture Society and Best Buddies, a service organization helping with persons with disabilities; as well as a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society.
Her professional goal is to conduct research on the Steller sea lion. This species of marine mammal inhabits the shores of the Pacific Northwest to the northernmost islands of Japan.
Dr. Kerry Bruce Clark was a member of the biological sciences faculty from 1971 until his death in 1999. A full professor, he was named a 1996 Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science in honor of his work documenting rare species of sea slug. His research on mollusks, marine ecology, psychological ecology and biodiversity was widely published in scientific journals.
The scholarship is awarded annually to a Florida Tech undergraduate marine biology student who shows promise to achieve excellence in a career related to marine biology. Cross is the eighth recipient of the award.
PHOTO: Andrea Cross receives the Dr. Kerry Bruce Clark Endowed Scholarship in Marine Biology from Richard Turner, Florida Tech associate professor of biological sciences.