Undergraduate Representative: Rachel Augustine (SUNY)

ROLE:
As Undergraduate Liaison, my responsibilities are to represent undergraduates, find ways to strengthen undergraduate ecology classes, spread awareness of the SEEDS program, networking with researchers and graduate students for internships for undergraduates, and communicate opportunities through ESA to other undergraduates.

ABOUT ME & SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:
I am currently a sophomore at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry studying Biological Science Applications and Business (jointly under Syracuse University). I am particularly interested in trophic interactions to reduce biological vectors for disease, biophysical economics, and sustainable business. I have co-created a marketing program for Eaglesnest Outfitters, an outdoors company based out of Asheville, North Carolina, and am currently testing the program for the possibility of it being expanded nationwide.
In high school I volunteered with the Albany Pinebush Preserve, was a National Honor Society student, state competitor in the National Forensics League (Speech and Debate), and President of both of the school's environmentally based clubs. I was also awarded the first student ambassadorship to Tula, Russia, through the Albany-Tula Alliance shared with one other winner (C. Storch, Yale 2015).

I believe that since I am young, there is still time for me to explore what the world has to offer before I begin to limit my experiences. I'm naturally curious, interested in systems and the way things work, and I deeply believe that opportunities are better caught in open hands.

CONTACT:
rmaugust(at)syr.edu

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