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Colin Bassett '13

Recipient: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Major

Marine Biology

Involvement

As a junior, Colin studied at James Cook University in Australia. At UNH, he serves as a resident assistant and a staff photographer for the Charger Bulletin. He also participated in the 2012 Alternative Spring Break, during which students volunteered at local nonprofit organizations. Last summer, as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, he worked closely with biology professor Roman Zajac to study the importance on tidal pools in New England salt marshes. The SURF program is supported through a generous donation by Frank Carrubba ’69 and his wife, Pat.

Hope for the future

“I plan to attend graduate school to study cold-water environments and then pursue a career involving costal conservation and protection. I hope that one day my research will help protect a coastal habitat from destruction or major modification.”

Why she is grateful

“The SURF experience gave me a chance to jump right into a research project by proposing a topic, executing the collection of data, analyzing the data and presenting my findings. As an undergraduate, I am fortunate to have experienced what conducting real research is like and how demanding it really is.”