Coast Guard Academy cadet to receive Fulbright Scholarship

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NEW LONDON, Conn. — A U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadet was recently granted a Fulbright Scholarship to study marine economic development in Mauritius during the 2014-2015 academic year. First Class Cadet Jessica Lukasik, a member of the Class of 2014 and native of Lawrenceville, Ga., will pursue a master’s degree at the University of Mauritius. The Government major plans to conduct a research project and create a framework for a sustainable marine economic development model for Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa.

Cadet Jessica Lukasik talks to Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, the superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, Kurt Colella, dean of academics, and Alina Zapalska, professor of economics, about how she earned the 2014 Fulbright Scholarship at the Academy, April 29, 2014.   The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.   U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm

Cadet Jessica Lukasik talks to Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, the superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, Kurt Colella, dean of academics, and Alina Zapalska, professor of economics, about how she earned the 2014 Fulbright Scholarship at the Academy, April 29, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States. Lukasik will represent the country as a cultural ambassador while she is overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people of Mauritius. The 21-year old will join over 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the program began in 1948.

Lukasik’s research project will analyze available resources and space to examine interactions within the limited marine space of tourism, shipping, aquaculture, and fishing industries. She plans to focus on how the input of other industries to resource overexploitation, ecosystem degradation, and climate change affects Mauritian fisheries. The goal of the project is to propose a marine spatial planning framework that will guide the use of the maritime resources these industries require, so they can continue to provide economic development in Mauritius.

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