2009 Undergraduate Laerm Award Winners
The recipient of the 2009 Joshua Laerm Academic Support Award for Undergraduate Students is Nicole Bertsch, Department of Anthropology, who will conduct her study under the direction of Dr. Erv Garrison. Nicki proposes to travel to the American Museum of Natural History to learn about methods of bone conservation. She makes this request in order to determine how best to conserve the mandible of an extinct Atlantic Gray Whale recovered by teams from the University of Georgia's Department of Geology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary. Her objective is to study methods of bone conservation in order to repair this important whale fossil and to ensure that it remains available for research for years to come.