The upcoming Christmas season brings a chance for Thomas Jefferson Scholars to help out others in the community through the Warming Tree Project. CALS sophomore Michael Atkins, who started the project with his sister, explains what the project is and why he’s kept it going for more than six years. You can donate warm clothing items at the Warming Tree Project Christmas tree in Patterson Hall.
Bridget Lassiter, a Ph.D. student in crop science, describes her experience traveling to Costa Rica as part of a class on tropical agriculture and plant pathology.
“What really got me interested in genetics is the fact that the results are tangible and what you get to work with allows for almost an infinite amount of possibility,” says Nathan Bihlmeyer, a biochemistry undergraduate who received the prestigious Goldwater 2010 Scholarship. He hopes to become a human genetics researcher.
Ph.D. candidate Nyeema Harris studies patterns of carnivore diversity across North America, trying, she says, “to figure out where there are more species and less species and their corresponding parasites.” So far, she’s studied island foxes in California, black-footed ferrets in South Dakota, Mexican wolves in Arizona and New Mexico and Canada lynx in Maine.
Senior food science student Kirk Smith racked up top awards from this year’s Art to Wear competition, a collaborative fashion show between the College of Textiles and the College of Design. “My theme was ‘College: An introduction to the flavors of education.’ And what I wanted to do is I wanted to take local food companies that are often eaten by college students and say something about the stereotypes that I see eating these food products,” Smith says.
Senior biochemistry and nutrition sciences student Natalie Cooke took part in a PACKed Kitchen, a service learning project in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “We collaborate with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, and they’ve been providing Share Our Strengths Operation Frontline cooking classes for a couple of years here in the area,” she says.
Senior food science student Ellen Orabone’s career goal: to end world hunger. Study abroad experiences have taken her to farflung places and given her experience working on food- and hunger-related issues.