IBERS graduate wins place at top US university
21 October 2016
Lewis Naisbett-Jones has been awarded an assistantship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the most prestigious public research universities in the USA.
Graduating with a first class undergraduate degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology from The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University in 2014, Lewis then remained in Aberystwyth to study for a postgraduate research masters (MPhil).
The focus of Lewis’s MPhil was ‘The Decline in the European Eel’ for which he obtained sponsorship by a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship, which is part-funded by the European Social Fund. He completed his studies at IBERS this summer.
Dr Pippa Moore, Reader and Course Director of BSc Marine and freshwater Biology at IBERS said “Lewis was an intelligent, hardworking student with a great aptitude for research and we are not at all surprised by his success in being awarded this exciting opportunity”.
In his new position, Lewis will be carrying out research on ‘Navigation in Marine Creatures’, specialising in salmon and sea turtles, towards a five-year PhD in biology.
Dr Moore added “Passionate teaching from world-leading researchers as well as wonderful aquatic environments right on the doorstep, make Marine and Freshwater Biology at IBERS, Aberystwyth University a very popular choice for students and Lewis’s achievements show that our graduates are competitive on an international stage”.
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