FLORENCE – Two Francis Marion University students, Brett Eadon Land of Florence and Marcelle R. Harris of Latta, have been awarded $500 travel grants from the Pee Dee Group of the South Carolina Sierra Club.
The grants will help defray costs associated with the students' participation in a field study course offered by the FMU Biology Department during the first summer session 1999.
Students participating in the 25-day field trip will travel to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico and receive credit for Biology 314: Field Biology. Under the leadership of Travis Knowles, instructor of biology at FMU, students will study adaptations of desert plants and animals in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts, and participate in field research with biologists at various locations in the Southwest.
Knowles is the chair of the Pee Dee Group of the Sierra Club. Harris is majoring in biology and secondary education. Land is majoring in psychology, with a biology collateral.
This is the second year that the Pee Dee Group of the Sierra Club has sponsored grants for students participating in Biology 314. Last year, a grant allowed a student to participate in biology fieldwork in Costa Rica. The Pee Dee Group of the Sierra Club has been actively promoting environmental education in the Pee Dee for several years, and many FMU faculty are actively involved in the group.
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