Alec Courtelis Award Recipient 2008:
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We are proud to announce that graduate student Felipe Carvalho
is the recipient of the 2008 Alec Courtelis Award
in honor of his academic accomplishments and
community service. He was chosen out of nearly 4,000 international graduate students at the University of Florida to receive this top honor. He also won
an Outstanding Student Award from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences based on academics and community involvement as well.
Felipe Carvalho is the Master's student from Brazil in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences majoring in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at
the University of Florida. Felipe maintains a 3.64 GPA while working on his research project, assessment and movement of pelagic
sharks in the South Atlantic Ocean. Felipe has presented fourteen oral presentations and twenty-one posters at international, national,
and regional meetings. In the spring of 2008, he won the best poster award for his presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Florida
Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. In addition to his numerous presentations, Felipe has published papers in such journals as
the Bulletin of Marine Science
and the Brazilian Journal Of Oceanography
. Felipe currently has three peer-reviewed
journal articles in press
and another five journal articles already published. He has served as a scientific expert for Brazil at the Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Commission of the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). He currently serves
as the Vice-President of Student's United in the Research of Fisheries (SURF) as well as being enrolled in the Tropical Conservation
and Development (TCD) Program at UF. Felipe also has a strong commitment to being active in his professional societies. He is a member of the
Brazilian Society for the Study of Elasmobranchs, the Brazilian Association of Oceanography, the Brazilian Society of Zoology, and the Brazilian
Society of Junior Researchers of the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, the American Elasmobranch Society,
and the American Fisheries Society. Felipe has been previously awarded a one year Special Training Program Fellowship with the Brazilian
government as well as two years with the Scientific Initiation Fellowship of the National Council of Science and Technology. Remarkably,
Felipe finds time to volunteer, as well as to participate in intramural sports. He currently volunteers with the Child Life Program
at Shands, the Multiple Sclerosis Association at the YMCA, and the 4-H Camp in Bronson, Florida.
Co-Advisor Dr. Debra Murie, Award Recipient Felipe Carvalho, and Co-Advisor George Burgess
at the Fourteeenth Annual International Student Academic Awards Ceremony (University of Florida)
Award Recipient Felipe Carvalho at the Fourteeenth Annual International Student Academic Awards Ceremony (University of Florida)
The Alec Courtelis Award is given annually to three outstanding international graduate students. The award was first given at
the 1996 International Student Awards Ceremony by Louise Courtelis in honor of her late husband, Alec Courtelis, a well-known
financier and former Chairman of the Board of Regents. A wall plaque bearing the name of the award recipients and the year it
was awarded is located at the University of Florida International Center.