3 SCHOLARSHIPs AWARDED:
What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have been able to help guide multiple undergraduates working in my lab in performing their own research or exploring their interests. I have also been able to spread information about the aquatic insect realm to visitors on Maryland Day. It is a great experience to see the excitement in children and their parents in learning about these amazing critters!
What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
This scholarship has been a huge help to me in my studies. With this support, I am able to put many more hours towards my research than I would otherwise be able to do. It would be very difficult to balance all responsibilities without it; with it, I feel like I am able to really focus on my purpose on being in graduate school, which is to further our scientific knowledge.
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?
The University of Maryland provided the perfect location and opportunities for me to pursue my Ph.D. My time here could not have been better so far. This university feels like a home, comprised of a community that truly cares about the world around them. It is truly a special place.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I hope to inspire the minds of the future as a professor at a college or university. It can often be in the classroom where a student may discover their passion, and I want to be able to guide students into finding what their passion is. I especially hope to foster an excitement for biology in undergraduates, showing them the beauty of research and the natural world.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
I am a Ph.D. student in the entomology program with an expected graduation date of May 2019.
What is your Hometown?
I am from Lehighton, Pennsylvania.