2 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
During my time at Maryland, I have volunteered with several outreach opportunities aimed at science education of elementary and middle school students. These events have been highly rewarding in being able to introduce insects to young minds and hopefully inspire an appreciation of their importance.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
The scholarship has allowed me to continue with my research and progressing towards finishing my thesis. Having time to attend conferences and develop my professional skills has also been a benefit of the scholarship.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maryland, what makes this place special to you and what is your favorite part of being a Terp?
I choose the University of Maryland in part for the Department of Entomology but also for the school's great connections to a larger academic community. As a graduate student, making connections within govermental agencies and research centers such as the Smithsonian helps with my professional development. Since becoming a graduate student, I have found the Department of Entomology to be a very welcoming enviroment full of people who are invested in all levels of students.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a graduate student in the Department of Entomology and will be completing my master's in the fall of 2016.
What is your Hometown?
My hometown is Columbia, South Carolina.