Hometown: Williamsburg, Iowa
Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2023
Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I was initially drawn to UNL because of the bee lab. I was interested in continuing research I had previously done on native bees, while also learning beekeeping. I actually started at UNL as an online M.S. Entomology student and technician through the lab, but eventually was able to start an in-person research project!
What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?
I love the small campus feel of East campus while still being part of the larger university. Everyone has been so kind and welcoming. There have been ample opportunities to make connections, volunteer, do research and more.
What about diversity and inclusion is important to you when you think about your CASNR experience?
I think that having a strong diversity and inclusion standpoint is incredibly important when it comes to leadership and research. Everyone has something new to add, you get to experience different points-of-view, and work together to not only improve oneself, but the group as a whole. Everyone has something to add, and everyone has something to learn.
Exposure to cultural differences is a huge part of college. What activity have you recently participated in that is different from what you are used to in your culture? This could be something you read, listened to, watched, eaten or otherwise taken part in. What did you learn from this activity?
There is a wide range of diversity within my department that I experience every day. I am active in the Bruner club (graduate student club in the entomology department). We have graduate students from all over the world that partake in meetings, activities, and social events, many of which involve sharing of cultures. Everyone is very passionate about their favorite recipes, music, art, and cultural practices... it is so cool to see and learn!
What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why?
My favorite class so far has been ENTO 818, Insect ID and Natural History, with Dr. Tom Weissling. I got to make an insect collection for this class, which I love doing. I love taxonomy and also love observing insects, both in the wild and in collections.
What are your plans post-graduation?
I plan to continue my education to get a Ph.D. My ultimate career goal is to become a research professor studying native bee ecology and conservation.
What's life like outside of school?
I like to keep life busy. In my free time, I enjoy running, crocheting, drawing and hanging out with my two cats.
What scholarships, if any, have you received?
I have received the Johnson Beck Fellowship for Nature Conservation, Charles Glenn Murphy Memorial Fellowship and Myron H. Swenk Grant.