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Groton student wins Gant scholarship (Released: 6/9/97)

by Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Kam Wing Tang of GROTON, a doctoral student in oceanography, is one of two graduate winners of the 1996 Edward Victor Gant Scholarships for continuing study at the University of Connecticut.

Tang is writing a doctoral dissertation on the effect a sulfur compound produced by marine plant life has on microscopic marine organisms -- a topic that has applications for the study of climate.

While still a candidate for a master's degree at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tang published two papers. In his first two years at UConn, he has written two further manuscripts for publication and has presented his findings at the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography.

"Kam Tang has not only demonstrated considerable academic excellence already, but he is likely to become a leader in the field of biological oceanography," says Hans Dam, an associate professor of marine sciences. "Usually one finds students who excel either in theory or in experimental work. Kam is that rare student who can do both."

Tang also has written a guidebook for foreign students in the United States, and has helped organize an academic seminar series for the marine sciences department. He is known for his concern for humanitarian causes in developing countries and has worked with the YMCA on educational projects for children.

The Gant Scholarships, named for Edward V. Gant, a former provost and professor of civil engineering, are open to both undergraduates and graduate students from all the schools and colleges of the University. They are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, professional potential, dedicated service and personal integrity.