This year’s 23rd annual Arthur Furst Undergraduate Scholarship Award was given to Theresa Keith, a junior at the University of San Francisco (USF), majoring in both Biology and Spanish. NeoLife gives this prestigious award in honor of Dr. Arthur Furst, founding member emeritus of the NeoLife Scientific Advisory Board. The scholarship is presented to an undergraduate science major at USF who demonstrates outstanding academic ability and a strong desire to pursue research.
Theresa’s passion for science is indisputable. Biology students usually get involved in research in their junior or senior years. Theresa started in the fall of her sophomore year, investigating the species succession of phytoplankton in the San Francisco Bay, work that she continues today. Professor Karentz proudly expresses her support, “Theresa has demonstrated a passion for learning and strong sincere interest in research. Perhaps most important, she exhibits the flexibility and tenacity required to become a successful researcher.”
In addition to fieldwork and research, Theresa has served as an Animal Care Volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center (MMC) for several years. Every Sunday, Theresa applies her knowledge of toxicosis of marine mammals and how domoic acid (DA) concentrates through the food chain to better understand and support sea lions. She explains, “I’m excited about what is left to explore of the natural world and I’ve discovered the best way to obtain a holistic understanding is through practice.”
Dr. Furst would surely agree with Professor Karentz; “Theresa is a true scholar with a breadth of knowledge and curiosity that indicate great aptitude and potential for research.” As for the future, Theresa plans to attend graduate school after USF, to pursue a career in conservation biology and sustainable development.
NeoLife is proud of our association with the University of San Francisco and our participation in the Arthur Furst Undergraduate Scholarship. Our goal is to recognize and support exceptional achievement in science.
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