2 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
Serving as a teacher's assistant for a class of 80 students was a highlight and joy. Speaking engagements have also been an important part of my experience at UMD. Not only has it given me an opportunity to engage in citizen science but it has also forced me to overcome my fear (well mostly) of public speaking.
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
Being awarded the Gahan scholarship was a blessing and provided much appreciated affirmation. The funding enabled me to focus my attention and energies on getting a roadside pollinator habitat study underway with MD State Highway Administration.
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?
My family and I have been Maryland residents for nearly a decade and love the region. In addition to wanting to remain in the DC area, I was drawn to UMD's Entomology Department, which has a rich history. More importantly though, I was impressed by the rigorous program they offer and the collaborative spirit that prevails among the various labs. My favorite part of being a Terp is that our school embodies qualities I deem important: innovation, diversity and high standards.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
In terms of my studies, I hope to make a positive difference by improving the health of managed and wild bees. Specifically, by exploring large-scale, sustainable strategies for habitat enhancement in landscapes generally underutilized, such as verges, utility rights-of-way, solar farms and golf courses. While individually small, collectively bees make up a mighty work force that benefit all living creatures.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I'm working on my PhD in Entomology with an antiicipated graduation date of May 2019.
What is your Hometown?
Tell us about your favorite class, extracurricular activity, academic opportunity, community involvement or another unique experience.
So far, my favorite experience is the building of a 24' bee habitat wall (http://umdarboretumandbotanicalgarden.blogspot.com/2015/09/wild-pollinators-move-into-their-new.html), which helps raise public awareness of wild pollinators and facilitates monitoring of campus bee populations.