Hollings Scholarship recipients benefit from hands-on research experience

Sofia Gluskinsmiles at the camera while working at NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA 2021 Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship recipient Sofia Gluskin, a biology major, spent the summer doing research in NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. [Photos: Courtesy Judy Genshaft Honors College].

By AMY HARROUN ’05 | Judy Genshaft Honors College

Three USF juniors, Sofia Gluskin, Kim Ho and Olivia Tuckey, participated this summer in 10-week, full-time paid internships at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research facilities across the country. The students were recipients of NOAA’s 2021 Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, which aims to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology and education. In addition to their high-profile internships, each student received academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and will be provided funding to present their research at national conferences.

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Protecting the environment has always been important to me. I’m excited to pursue a career that allows me to do just that.” 

– Sofia Gluskin


Gluskin, a biology major, worked with California State University Monterey Bay and NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary researching sea urchins and kelp forest restoration. Tuckey, a cell and molecular biology major, traveled to the NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Howard Laboratory in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, to study the impacts of climate change on juvenile fish. Ho, who is pursuing concurrent degrees in computer science and quantitative economics, worked with the National Center for Environmental Information in Asheville, North Carolina, analyzing 2020 census data in relationship to climate change. Each student is a member of the Judy Genshaft Honors College and worked with the Office of National Scholarships during their application process.

All three recipients plan to pursue graduate study after completing their bachelor’s degrees and look forward to using the knowledge they gained through their Hollings internships to determine their future plans.

“Protecting the environment has always been important to me,” Gluskin says. “I am excited to pursue a career that allows me to do just that.”

This year, two additional USF Judy Genshaft Honors College students, Danya Awshah and Abigail Reed, were named 2022 Hollings Scholars. They will participate in their NOAA research next summer.