Martha Perez '13
Recipient: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Since her first year at UNH, Martha has been part of the “A” Team, giving admissions tours to prospective students and their families. She serves as an environmental geochemistry lab assistant, working with biology professor Carmela Cuomo. She collaborated with Cuomo during her Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to examine the reproduction of horseshoe crabs, one of the oldest living species on the planet, whose blue blood is critical to the medical research industry. The SURF program is supported through a generous donation by Frank Carrubba’69 and his wife, Pat.
Hope for the future
“I hope to pursue a career in aquaculture, which is the farming of fish, mollusks and other crustaceans. I am interested in conservation, an issue that is critical in aquaculture because of the rising demand for fish.”
Why she is grateful
“SURF provided me with valuable laboratory experience that will help me further my career. I learned how to develop a project and improve my time-management skills, which have helped me hit the ground running on my senior thesis project.”