CSCG Fellow / 2014 FUTURE Mentor
I care deeply about environmental and ecological issues. I became a CSCG Fellow because these issues are just as scientific as they are social. I believe it is paramount that future leaders in any field learn how to approach problems in an integrative way. I hope to become a researching professor of ecology or environmental studies. As a Summer Fellow 2013 and a FUTURE Mentor 2014, I researched alternative pest management strategies. Being a CSCG Fellow and a FUTURE mentor provided me with experiences in and out of the classroom that allowed me to bridge my scientific and ethical interests.
My Major / Minor / Campus Organizations
My Favorite CSCG Events
- Peter Salk
- Tyrone Hayes
- Pandemic Preparedness Conference
In Dr. Cory Straub’s lab, with lab mates and Pheonixia Rene, my FUTURE student partner, I studied alternative pest management strategies. We studied effects that intercropping (planting multiple crops) and host-plant resistance has on increasing predator-pest interactions and subsequently reducing pests in agricultural fields. I have presented at the Entomological Society of America’s Annual Meeting, Austin 2013, and Portland 2014. I conducted honors research on a secondary pest in the system.
My CSCG Courses
Science and the Common Good (POL399); Environmental Justice (ENV220); Philosophy of Race (PHIL230); Science Writing (IDS110); Conserving Biological Diversity (ENV360); Ethics (PHIL240); Environmental Sociology (SOC285)
My CSCG Civic Internship
I worked as an intern at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, an intentional, life sharing community for people with varying disabilities. I predominantly worked on the organic, biodynamic farm, and as a care taker.
Life After Ursinus
I was granted the Watson Fellowship and will travel for two years conducting environmental research. I hope to obtain a PhD in and continue to advocate/practice using integrative approaches to combat our environmental and social problems.