(April 14, 2017) --

Mackenzie Mullins (Troy) and Kaitlyn Jordan (UNA) received the Rita George Fellowship for the 2017 UP Summer Session.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab awarded two Rita George Fellowships to undergraduate students registered for the 2017 summer session. Kaitlyn Jordan, a senior at the University of North Alabama, and Mackenzie Mullins, a sophomore at Troy University, received the fellowships. 

Jordan returns to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab for a second summer. 

"Studying at DISL last year gave me the wonderful opportunity to get a hands-on and up close experience with the various facets of 
scientifically studying the ocean such as Marine Vertebrate Zoology and Marine Ecology," Jordan shared. "I hope to gain a better understanding of the marine environment, as well as, make lasting connections with those whole study and work at the sea lab."

After graduation, Jordan would like to find work as an aquarist or come back to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab to join the research team. 

This will be Mullins first summer at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, and she's hoping to learn as much as she can in the short time she is on campus. 

"I'm looking forward to getting hands on experience in the field that I want to spend my life learning about," Mullins said. 

Mullins hopes to one day use what she learns to research whale sharks. 

"I would love to go to the Galápagos Islands and study the whale shark. Everything about those islands fascinates me," Mullins explained.

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab University Programs partners with 22 colleges and universities in the state of Alabama to provide a hands-on learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students. Dauphin Island's location offers students a variety of ecosystems to put what they learn to practice with faculty members from across the state of Alabama lending their expertise.

To learn more about the Dauphin Island Sea Lab's University Programs, log onto disl.org/univ-prog.