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Dr. Norris took students from his Forest Ecology and Management class on a camping field trip to the Savage River State Forest in western Maryland on the weekend of April 25 through the 26. The main purpose of the trip was to test student-derived hypotheses about forest development regarding the structure, composition, and ecosystem with respect to tree harvest history. While on this trip, the students were able to utilize a United States Forest Service technique to survey forested ecosystems.

Senior Biology Major, Samuel Bradley, recently secured a position as a Rehab Technician at Johns Hopkins Hospital for after graduation. When asked how his SU education prepared him for his post-graduation plans, Samuel replied, “My SU education has prepared for my post-graduation plans by providing me with an in depth understanding on the sciences, which will allow me to succeed academically in any Medical School.” Congratulations Samuel!

Kathryn Merrick was named the Division III Mid-Atlantic Offensive Player of the week for lacrosse in the Baltimore Sun. Kathryn is a senior biochemistry major and also the historian for the Tribeta Biological Honor Society. Congratulations Kathryn!

Senior Biology major, Ava Schein, secured a government contract position a month before graduation with the company JHT Incorporated. Through JHT Incorporated, she will be working as a Laboratory Technician for NOAA at the Cooperative Oxford Laboratory in Oxford, MD. The main project she will be focusing on there is creating daily forecasts of vibrio pathogens in the Chesapeake Bay using methods such as microbial DNA extraction and PCR/rtPCR. When asked what her favorite part of being at SU has been, Ava responded, “I love the tight-knit community, especially in the school of sciences. I feel like I have good relationships with almost all of the professors I’ve encountered over the years. These professional relationships are not only pivotal when looking for employment, but they really boosted my morale and determination to do well in my field. I really felt like they believed in me, and therefore I believed in myself.” Way to go Ava!

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!

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