One of the most rapidly rising stars in the coastal studies community has received an award that stands to secure her funding for a few more years.
Dr. Siyu Yu was notified earlier this month of her newfound fellowship status with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
“I’m very honored and thankful,” she humbly implored.
Her induction into the ranks of researchers supported by NASEM comes with some stipulations along with the means to successfully fulfill them.
Yu is now expected to make efforts toward solving certain health equity problems faced by coastal communities in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.
Those resilience dilemmas dovetail with her concurrent work on vulnerability assessment tools like the Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard.
“We deal with all kinds of hazards,” she succinctly noted.
Grants from NASEM totaling $76,000 will be provided to Yu for the purpose of tackling pertinent research projects planned through 2025.
Tribal groups situated on our southern coast are already benefitting from the support that a portion of her present research affords them.
Indigenous peoples may be some of the biggest motivators for Yu during her fellowship along with new mentors from NASEM who make things happen.
“I’m excited about all that,” she affirmed.
Other sponsors that currently work with Yu include landmark institutions like the National Science Foundation and Coastal Resilience Center.
The latter organization makes projects like hers possible through funds provisioned exclusively by the Department of Homeland Security.