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Jessica Kim, a biology major with minors in chemistry and theatre, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will be posted to Cameroon upon graduation next May .

The Peace Corps is a global organization that has been involved in international development and citizen diplomacy for over 50 years. Its mission is to promote world peace and friendship, and it is involved in more than 139 countries.

Jessica decided to join the Peace Corps because she wanted to gain this amazing experience before applying to medical school. She is most excited about the opportunity to immerse herself in another culture and help others through medically related work. Jessica, being a theatre minor, was also recently featured in an episode of the popular show “House of Cards.”

Congratulations on your achievements, Jessica!

For more information about the Peace Corps please go to: http://www.peacecorps.gov/

Taylore Willis, a Senior Interdisciplinary Studies major with concentrations in Biology and Psychology, participated in a 9-week program at the University of Montana located in Missoula. The program was sponsored by the National Science Foundation through the Introductory Multicultural Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (IM-SURE) office. While there she worked with the university's College of Forestry and Conservation under the direction of Dr. Cara Nelson. 

The research she is performing is looking to determine spatial variation of soil nematodes in western Montana grasslands, and is anticipated to be completed by spring 2015 with the Biology Department at Stevenson University. The things Taylore values most about her experience are the opportunities she was given to build professional connections, to conduct research heavily reliant on field work, and the fact that she will receive a guaranteed acceptance to her mentor's lab for graduate school. You can follow this link for more information: http://im-sure.dbs.umt.edu/cms/index.php

“This was truly one of my best summers so far, and I am looking forward to seeing how this experience will prepare me for life after Stevenson.” –Taylore Willis

 

Congratulations to the Environmental Club for winning several awards at the Student Government Club Leadership Awards Banquet held in April! They won Best Collaborative Program for the GreenFest event and Dr. Kimberly Tucker won the award for Best Club Advisor. Liz Carino (BS Bio ’14), who served as the club’s vice president, won the award for Outstanding Leader.

Sean Reynolds (BS Bio ’14) presented his honors capstone research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in April at the University of Kentucky. His research, “The Effect of Climate Change on Migration Timing among American Migratory Birds”, was performed here at Stevenson with Dr. Matanoski. According to the NCUR website, its mission is to “promote undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity done in partnership with faculty or other mentors as a vital component of higher education.”

The Biological Sciences department would like to congratulate the 34 Biology, Biotechnology, and Medical Technology graduates. Best wishes on your future endeavors!

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