Student Spotlight: Matthew Welter

Matthew Welter
Matthew Welter

Hometown: Stewartville, Minnesota

Major: Entomology

Anticipated Date of Graduation: August 2019


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

I chose to attend UNL because the research project I am working on greatly interested me and offered a perfect opportunity to merge my previous education and future career goals. Additionally, the Department of Entomology has a stellar reputation for preparing students for successful careers in academia and industry.


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

One of the things that I enjoy the most about UNL is the encouragement to collaborate with other researchers, both within and outside of your own department. The faculty and staff are always extremely helpful and full of new ideas. This encouragement helps to ensure that students are getting the most out of their tenure at UNL. 


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

CASNR’s excellence in diversity and inclusivity has helped by allowing me to work and interact with top students from all over the world. These experiences have broadened my thinking and brought about a new appreciation for approaching problems from many unique views. I have learned much about cultures different than my own and have incorporated parts from these cultures into my own life.


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

My favorite class so far has been BIOS 805: Principles of Ecology. I really enjoyed the professor and how the class was structured. This was also my first class in ecology and it really fascinated me. It helped me to understand the interconnected nature of biology and to consider these interactions within my own discipline and research. 


What are your plans post-graduation? 

I plan to seek employment in industry working on insect resistance management and testing of potential new insect management technologies.  


What’s life like outside of school? 

Apart from my classes and research, I enjoy working on projects around my home, riding my bicycle around the great trails of Lincoln, gardening, and, of course, cheering on the Huskers during games!