Junior Environmental Science major, Diamonique Clark, was accepted into a ten week REU program and will be staying at the El Verde Station in El Yunque National Rainforest, Puerto Rico, this summer. While there, she will have the opportunity to study the recruitment dynamics of Pterocarpus officinalis, a legume tree.  For the first two weeks, Diamonique will work with her mentor to refine her project design. Following this, she will present her proposal to the program officers in order to continue with her research. At the conclusion of the program, Diaominique will present her research at a poster session open to students and faculty at the University of Puerto Rico. When asked what advice she would give to other students who want to take this path, Diamonique responded, “My advice to students that would like to study environmental science is to do whatever you must to gain experience. I encourage all future environmentalists to volunteer in your community, get your hands dirty, help with an environmental based project, or create one of your own. Research the careers environmentalist have, then, go for it!” Congratulations Diamonique!