Skip Navigation

Texas Sea Grant Awards $5,700 in Grants to Support Undergraduate Student’s Research Projects at Texas A&M Galveston     

By Cindie Powell Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University

The Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University has awarded $5,700 in research grants to six undergraduate students at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

The students are funded as part of the Texas Sea Grant Scholars Undergraduate Research Program, which designates Texas Sea Grant Scholars from among those who are selected for the LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Recipients receive up to an additional $1,000 from Texas Sea Grant to supplement their research budgets.

The goal of the program is to encourage motivated undergraduate students to participate in research, and to give them the opportunity to communicate their findings as principal authors to the university’s scholarly community.

The 2017-18 Texas Sea Grant Scholars Program recipients at Texas A&M Galveston, along with their respective fields of study, and projects, are listed below:

Laura Leonard, Marine Biology, “Dissolved organic matter cycling following a major flooding event in Galveston Bay, Texas.”

Naomi Mathew, Marine Biology, “Biodiversity of the Class Scyphozoa in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Thomas Page, Marine Biology, “Feeding ecology of sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) in the northwest Gulf of Mexico.”

William Prouse, Offshore and Coastal Systems, “Vegetative nullification for aerial photogrammetry.”

Taylor Strope, Marine Biology, “The effects of Hurricane Harvey on the biodiversity and abundance of hydromedusae in Galveston Bay.”

For more information about the Texas Sea Grant Scholars Undergraduate Research Program, visit or contact Dr. Pamela T. Plotkin, Texas Sea Grant Director, at or 979-845-3902.


Texas A&M University at Galveston is the marine and maritime branch campus of Texas A&M University which educates nearly 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students in science, business, engineering, liberal arts and transportation. It is driving the development of the blue economy in the Gulf Coast Region and is a critical contributor to Texas A&M's rare land-, sea-, space-grant mission with nearly $10 million in research expenditures.

Texas A&M-Galveston is also home to the Texas A&M Maritime Academy, one of six state maritime academies and the only one in the southern United States, which trains over 400 cadets annually for maritime service and employment around the world.

Texas A&M-Galveston is located in Galveston, Texas on the Gulf Coast where it is surrounded by industry, environment and programs essential to fulfilling its special-purpose mission. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and their strong desire to serve.