DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University’s Scholars in Marine Medicine program, which offers an interdisciplinary research experience for pre-health majors interested in marine biology or environmental science, has announced six new members.

Students who are selected for the program generally have experience working in a lab environment and a passion for the unique combination of marine science and medicine.

The program allows students to take part in faculty-mentored research and gain valuable scientific training as they work toward completing a senior honors thesis and receiving Graduation with Distinction honors. Many of the scholars will submit their honors thesis for publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal. Students can also apply for up to $5,500 in funding for travel courses, conference expenses and research, or for registration for virtual conferences if travel is not possible because of COVID.

Scholars in Marine Medicine will spend at least one semester at the Duke University Marine Laboratory campus in Beaufort, N.C., and one or more semesters at the Medical Center campus in Durham.

The new scholars are:

  • Jerry Fu – a sophomore Environmental Science major with minors in Chinese and Computational Biology
  • Rebecca He – a sophomore Biology major with a concentration in Marine Biology and a minor in Earth and Ocean Sciences
  • Matthew Huang – a sophomore Biology major
  • William Marcus – A junior Biology major with a minor in Chemistry
  • Shawin Vitsupakorn – A sophomore Biology and Global Health double major
  • Larry Zheng – a sophomore Bio9logy major with a concentration in Marine Biology and a manor in Computer Science.