Jessica Burnett, Natural Resources doctoral student, has been named a Big Ten Academic Alliance Traveling Scholar for the summer 2017 semester. Her host will be Michigan State University, where she will take ecology modeling courses.
The Traveling Scholar Program began in 1963 and allows doctoral students from Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions to spend up to a full academic year pursuing specialized courses of study, researching unique library collections, and working in advanced laboratories and facilities at other Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions, according to the alliance website.
Off-campus opportunities must enhance the doctoral student’s course of study and cannot be available at the home campus.
Each year, faculty or staff from the School of Natural Resources and other departments across campus mentor local high school students in research projects, to support them as they consider future college experience. This research program is part of a national network called EnvironMentors, sponsored by the National Council for Science and the Environment.
This year, eight students from local high schools participated in the program, and they presented their posters on their research at the annual Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Family Weatherfest on April 1 at Nebraska Innovation Campus. Their posters were judged by faculty volunteers.
The student winners were:
- Jaqueline Martinez for her research “Ultra-processed foods and microbial growth in composting”;
- Ninian Tong for her research “Temperatures affecting cyanobacteria blooms”; and
- Annie Bui for her research “Effects of defoliation on smooth bromegrass”.
Other participating students were:
- Mari Foster-Lewis
- Alba Argueta
- Saylor Mack
- Quynh Ma Mentors
- Samuel Nyemah
For more on the Environmentors program, click here.