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Port Student Named Davidson Fellow

Emily Lipstein, 17, of Port Washington, was one of 20 young people named as 2013 Davidson Fellows, an honor that signifies the extraordinary work that can be accomplished by students throughout the country who are given opportunities to excel. Emily received a $10,000 scholarship for her project, “An Analysis of the Genetic Variation of Monachus monachus and Its Implications for Conservation.”

Emily focused her project on the Mediterranean monk seal, which is critically endangered due to a surge in seal mortalities over a short period of time. Emily’s study provides scientific backing for conservation efforts to keep existing populations safe and promote the reemergence of the species in the Mediterranean Sea. Emily attends University of Chicago as a biology major with the possibility of a double major in political science and minor in English creative writing.

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship program offers $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships to students 18 or younger who have created significant projects that have the potential to benefit society in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, literature, philosophy and music.