Student Spotlight: Bridget Gross

Bridget Gross
Bridget Gross
November 10, 2020

Hometown: Vermilion, Ohio

Major: Entomology

Anticipated Date of Graduation: December 2020

Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

I came to UNL because of my great advisors! I met Judy Wu-Smart at a conference and Doug Golick when I came to visit UNL. They are both amazing advisors who put their students first. 

What is your favorite thing about University of Nebraska-Lincoln?

The beautiful campus. 

How has diversity and inclusive excellence played a role in your CASNR experience?

My research focuses on woman beekeepers and discovering ways we can enhance their educational experiences. Diversity and inclusion are central to my research. Conducting such research means we have to look at our courses and find ways to be more inclusive, whether that is through who is teaching, how we are teaching, and where we are teaching. 

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?

It is a tie between mixed methods research with Michelle Howell Smith and aualitative approaches to educational research with Wayne Babchuk. Both courses changed the way I approach research to be more approachable, personable and open-minded regarding research methods and working with research participants. They are also both great teachers who were very willing to work with students towards our success.

What are your plans post-graduation?

Right now I'm exploring a number of options, but I would like to continue educating others and working with people!

What’s life like outside of school?

I don't have a lot of free time outside of research and school, but when I do I enjoy running, hiking and crafting. 

Bridget has received the following scholarships: the Charles Glenn Murphy Memorial Scholarship, the Friends of Sunset Zoo Scholarship, the Mary and Charles C. Cooper/Emma I. Sharpless Fellowship from the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Melissa Schultz I.S. Research Prize in Sustainability and the Environment and the Paul C. and Edna H. Warner Grant for Sustainable Agriculture: PI: Dr. Reed Johnson.