Photo Gallery

2015 Orientation and Training - Moloka`i, HI

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All of the Dr. Nancy Foster Scholars, a few alumni and NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries staff at a scenic look-out at Kaulaupapa.

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A NOAA scientist and Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar communicating their research with a young audience of Hawaiian students.

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Nancy Foster Scholar, Alexandra Avila, communicating her research to young students with hands-on visuals

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Foster Scholars and NOAA staff interacting with school children from a Hawaiian Immersion School on Moloka`i.

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As part of the orientation training and retreat, Nancy Foster Scholar Michael Fox, explains his research on how nutrient pollution impacts coral reef ecosystems to a young child.

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Nancy Foster Scholars, Alexandra Avila and Tammy Silva surround NOAA staff member, Marlies Tumolo.

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Nancy Foster Scholars get familiar with an ancient Hawaiian fish pond on the island of Moloka`i in order to prepare in assisting in some research.

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Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar Alumna, Shannon Lyday, shares the details of what research and monitoring activities would take place in the Hawaiian fish pond.

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Dr. Nancy Foster Scholars work with a local Hawaiian high school student to conduct scientific monitoring of an ancient Hawaiian fish pond on the island of Moloka`i.

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Foster Scholars, Joshua Stewart and Michael Fox, after an ocean swim at Halawa Valley, during a rare break from the orientation and training.

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Foster scholars, NOAA staff and local students from Kualapu'u Public Conversion Charter School get to know each other better through games before diving into the science communication activities.

2014 Orientation and Training - Thompson Island, MA

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Dr. Nancy Foster Scholars, alumni and staff during the 2014 orientation training and retreat on Thompson Island.

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Foster Scholars and NOAA staff assist with a community restoration event on Thompson Island.

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Foster Scholars learning about the local ecology of Thompson Island with the focus on the species of soft-shell clams.

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Foster Scholar, Nyssa Silbiger, having some fun with the local algae on Thompson Island.

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Foster Scholars working with a local State Fisheries Biologist to help prepare the beach to seed it with soft-shell clams.

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Foster Scholars, Tammy Silva and Sherri Eldridge, helping out with the community restoration work on Thompson Island.

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Dr. Nancy Foster Scholars, Caitlin Jensen and Emily Klein, practice their science communication with a local school.

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Foster Scholar, Corinne Kane, practicing her skills of communicating the importance of her research to a classroom of junior high students.

2013 Orientation and Training - Santa Cruz, CA

Tammy Silva holding a picture of a dog

Nancy Foster Scholar, Tammy Silva, provides her interpretive talk.

Lindsay Marks and Nyssa Silbiger working on a document together

Scholars Lindsay Marks and Nyssa Silbiger participate in training on interpreting for the public.

Nancy Foster Scholars and Team posing with climbing gear ln

Nancy Foster Scholars and Team happy after making it through the team challenge and ropes course.

Sherri Eldridge crossing a rope line among the tree tops

Nancy Foster Scholar Sherri Eldridge defeats her fear of heights in the team rope course challenge.

Melinda Conners crossing a rope line among the tree tops.

Nancy Foster Scholar, Melinda Conners, tackles the ropes course with ease.

Nyssa Silbiger sitting on the porch preparing for her speed interviews

Nancy Foster Scholar, Nyssa Silbiger, prepares for her speed interviews.

Dr. Rebecca Asch sitting on the porch preparing for her speed interviews

Nancy Foster Alum, Dr. Rebecca Asch, prepares for her speed interviews.

Tammy Silva being interviewed by George Matsumoto

Nancy Foster Scholar, Tammy Silva, participates in one of her four speed interviews with George Matsumoto from MBARI.

Dr. Lauren Garske being interviewed by Jennifer Stock

Nancy Foster Alum, Dr. Lauren Garske, participates in her speed interview with Jennifer Stock of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Nancy Foster Scholars posing infront of a sea turtle exhibit

Nancy Foster Scholars having a blast while visiting the Monterey Bay Discovery Center.

Jan Vincente, Nyssa Silbiger, and Caitlin Jensen posing infront of a exhibit

Nancy Foster Scholars - Jan Vincente, Nyssa Silbiger, and Caitlin Jensen become part of the exhibit at the Monterey Bay Discovery Center.

2012 Orientation and Training - Lake Crescent, WA

Dr. Nancy Foster scholars sitting around a table listening to a retreat sessions

Dr. Nancy Foster scholars participate in retreat sessions focused on managing their grant.

Scholars examining items that washed up on to the beach

Scholars visit the shore of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary to have a chance to explore the local ecosystem.

A scholar designing her poster

As an ice-breaker activity, scholars are challenged to communicate their research using visuals on posters.

A group of scholars designing posters

Scholars enjoy thinking about communicating their research in a new way - using basic materials to quickly and clearly explain scientific concepts.

Scholars sitting outside provide feedback on the program and asking questions

During the week long orientation scholars are given time to provide feedback on the program and ask questions.

Scholars sitting outside provide feedback on the program and asking questions

During the week an updated handbook on how to manage your scholarship was reviewed in detail.

Scholars sitting on a deck having a conversation

Scholars were given time to work collaboratively on group activities such as communicating science to different audiences.

An example of a poster explaining a scholars research in easily understood terms and images

An example of a poster explaining a scholars research in easily understood terms and images.

A scholar giving standing at a podium giving a presentation

People were given time to present their research to the group for feedback and discussion.

Scholars paddling in a canoe on Crescent Lake

As part of a team building activity, scholars were able to paddle on beautiful Crescent Lake.

Scholars posing for a picture infront of a waterfall

In the early morning before formal sessions began, scholars do a brief hike to the waterfall on the NatureBridge property.

Scholars standing in two rows practicing their elevator speech

Scholars line up to practice their "elevator speech", or how to share their research and why it is important in 30 seconds or less.

Two scholars posing for a picture with the mountains in the background

During a free evening, scholars had the opportunity to visit Olympic Coast National Park.

Scholars jumping for joy

Scholars showing their joy at being a part of the Dr. Nancy Foster scholarship program.

Scholars spelling out the word foster with their bodies

If you look carefully, you can see scholars spelling out "F-O-S-T-E-R-!" during a visit to Olympic Coast National Park.

Carol Bernthal standing infront of a map of Cape Flattery

The superintendent of Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Carol Bernthal, led the group on a guided hike to Cape Flattery to see the local ecosystem.