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Samuel Gurr '14 – Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship Recipient


Marine Biology 


Samuel participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program the last two years. Last summer, he and his faculty mentor, Roman Zajac, professor and chair of biology and environmental science, set out to 10 salt marsh systems from Stratford to Stonington, studying the habitat use of fiddler crabs. The SURF program is supported through a generous donation from Frank Carrubba ’69, ’79 M.S., a member of the University’s Board of Governors, and his wife, Pat. Additionally, during the summer of 2011, Samuel worked at Schooner Inc., a nonprofit marine science educational camp in New Haven.

Hope For the Future

He hopes to pursue applied marine science research and would like to work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

Why He is Grateful

“I often went on adventures as a kid to local beaches in the New Haven area. In high school, I would read articles on growing issues in the ocean, and those definitely sparked my interest. Research is what I aim to do in my career. This was a great opportunity to gain experience as an undergraduate, and it gave me a taste of what it is like to have a hypothesis and to learn how to figure out a reasonable route to a solution.”