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University of Washington Student Receives SBB Research Group Foundation STEM Scholarship

The SBB Research Group Foundation named Leah Davis a recipient of its STEM scholarship. The $2,500 award empowers students to create value for society by pursuing higher learning through interdisciplinary combinations of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Leah Davis, a senior, studies marine biology at the University of Washington. Her contributions to research studying the myostatin gene pathway in salmonids provided implications for how to best facilitate aquaculture. She also played a significant role in a research project studying Pacific herring in the Puget Sound, the results of which will inform conservation efforts for depleted populations. Additionally, she serves as a mentor for Makah tribal fifth graders in the Riverways Program. Recently, Davis started working on a project in cooperation with tribal, state, and federal entities studying Chinook salmon distribution in nearshore habitats in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

"Leah is not only dedicated to implementing the knowledge she gains in class but spreading that knowledge to others. We're thrilled to support her in her efforts," said Matt Aven, co-founder and board member of the SBB Research Group Foundation.

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