Student Spotlight: Trent Shell

Meet Trent Shell, a junior forensic science major from Maryville, MO.
December 6, 2022

Hometown: Maryville, MO 

Major: Forensic Science 

Anticipated Date of Graduation: May 2024 

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

I came to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln because I have a lot of family from Nebraska, but also because it felt like home and every faculty member, I met was very welcoming. I also knew that I would succeed in the environment and facilities on campus. 

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

My favorite thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has to be the small-town feel, especially on East Campus. I was scared to come to a Big 10 school, but I instantly felt comfortable when I had class on East Campus. 

What about diversity and inclusion is important to you when you think about your CASNR experience? 

Diversity and Inclusion is important to my CASNR experience because it has allowed me to enhance my communication and leadership abilities.  

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 or otherwise took part in. What did you learn from this activity? 

I am currently an Ambassador for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. With this position I am recruiting and giving tours to prospective students. I took a leap of faith whenever I applied to this job because it is not something I would usually do, and it is one of the best experiences I have had in college so far. I get to build connections with so many families from around the country and be a part of their college decision. 

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

My favorite class I have taken so far is FORS 120L. This is the Introduction to Forensic Science Lab. This lab opened my eyes to the different parts of forensic science and allowed me to determine what I wanted to do in the future. 

What are your plans post-graduation? 

After college I am hoping to work for a police department in a forensic science lab or as a crime scene investigator. 

What's life like outside of school? 

My life outside of school is pretty relaxing. I enjoy golfing, photography, hunting and hanging out with my friends. 

What scholarships, if any, have you received? 

I have received an Engler Entrepreneurship Scholarship, First Christian Church Scholarship, Patrick L. Newman Scholarship and the Grace Stelter Scholarship.