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Just a few of our CALS Student Representatives. Learn more about our 2019-20 crew below.

MEET OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES

CALS Reps are students who represent the College's diverse academic majors, research interests and interdisciplinary pursuits as well as serving as the Dean's Student Advisory group. They are active CALS recruiters, tour guides and helpful "near peers" to visiting high school students, and help first-year and transfer students in transitioning to CALS. By their energy and goodwill they promote community within the College and are eager liaisons between CALS students and the CALS Dean's office. Their commitment extends beyond the campus as they promote the pursuit of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Vermont, New England, and throughout the nation.

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BETSY ABRAHAMSON '22

Major: Animal Science

Minor: Spanish

Learn more about Betsy


Why did you choose the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
Because of all the hands on experience and close-knit community!

What are your career goals?
I hope to take a few years after graduation to travel and teach English in Spanish speaking countries, then go to Vet school.

Favorite class at UVM:
Animal Science 001, hands down. It gives me a taste of everything!

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Animal Rescue Club & Pre-Vet Club

Best place to study:
Henderson Café or the Aiken lobby

Advice to future CALS students:
Take a deep breath and trust yourself!

CHAT WITH BETSY HERE

 

SKYLAR BECK '21

Major: Biological Science

Learn more about Skylar

Why did you choose the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I wanted hands-on experience, a smaller community, and a background more heavily focused on science as opposed to a liberal arts background. 

What are your career goals?
After graduation I plan to pursue dental school. 

Favorite class at UVM:
My favorite course thus far has been Microbiology and Infectious Disease (MMG 101). 

Research or Internships here at CALS:
I am currently involved in undergraduate research in the Microbiology Department.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I am a member of the Pre-Dental Society, I volunteer at Steps to End Domestic Violence (a non-profit organization in Burlington), and I have an on-campus part-time job assisting the biology lab coordinator. 

Best place to study:
Library study rooms and the main floor of Given/HSRF.

Advice to future CALS students:
Take the time to get to know your professors, TAs, and advisor(s)! They are all such great people and it is important to build those connections. 

CHAT WITH SKYLAR HERE

 

Josie Brennan '23
Major: Public Communications

Learn more about Josie

Hometown: Bristol, VT

Why did you choose the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at UVM because of how flexible the PCOM major is. With three different options for concentrations, and so many classes to choose from, I knew I would be able to tailor my education to my learning and career goals.

What are your career goals?
As of right now, I am not completely set on a certain career. I would love to either work as a producer for radio or television, or as a speech writer for political figures.

Favorite class at UVM?
My favorite class at UVM so far is Extraterrestrial Life. It’s really interesting and I definitely recommend taking it if you ever get the chance.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Since I was in 4th grade, I have volunteered at the Three Day Stampede for Cystic Fibrosis. It’s basically a huge garage sale the last weekend of July in my hometown, and all of the proceeds go towards finding a cure for CF. If you’re ever in Vermont during the summer, you should definitely consider donating or just coming to look around. You may even see me!

Advice to future CALS students?
My advice for future CALS students is to not be afraid to go out and explore different avenues. Whether it be the classes you take, the extracurriculars you join, or the people you hang out with, you’re sure to find your place in CALS and at UVM.

CHAT WITH JOSIE HERE

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Sydney Caldwell '22
Major: Microbiologoy and Molecular Genetics

Learn more about Sydney

Why did you choose the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I love the hands-on learning style and how small and accessible everything is in CALS, specifically in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) department.

What are your career goals?
I plan to attend medical school after living in a Spanish Speaking country for one year to perfect my fluency.

Favorite class at UVM:
CHEM 141: Organic Chemistry.

Research or Internships here at CALS:
I conduct research Dr. Krementsov’s immunology lab in the department of Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
MedVida (I recently went to Peru with this club to assist doctors), UVM Club Gymnastics, & Ski and Snowboard Club.

Best place to study:
Library first floor or the Given Bistro. 

Advice to future CALS students:
Your 4-year plan is just a plan so don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone for classes and opportunities that might come your way. 

CHAT WITH SYDNEY HERE

MEAGHAN CONTOIS '22
Major: Food Systems

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Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
Originally, I wanted to major in environmental science, however, it seemed like too broad of a major. I found Food Systems in CALS and it was the perfect blend of narrowing down environmental science while still having a diverse range of topics to study.

What are your career goals?
I want to be an Environmental Attorney.

Favorite class at UVM:
Fundamentals of Nutrition. 

Research or Internships here at in CALS:
This semester I am interning in a juice lab where I get to have some hands-on lab experience.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Hall Council, VSTEP, Alpha Delta Pi, and WEmtors. 

Best place to study:
The top floor of the library is great, it is so quiet and peaceful. 

Advice to future CALS students:
Take full advantage of any opportunities that come your way, whether it’s a club, research opportunity, or internship. Dive right in even though it may seem a little daunting it will definitely be worth the experience.

CHAT WITH MEAGHAN HERE

AL'LAINYA DUMAS '21

Major: Animal Science

Minor: Emergency Medical Services

Learn more about Al'lainya

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have a lot to offer in regards to the animal science program at UVM like their hands-on programs such as EQUUS and CREAM. Along with their hands-on programs they have great connections to a large range of internships to fit the interests of any animal science student. Plus, UVM has a gorgeous view right out your window!

What are your career goals?
I am still exploring all my animal science major has to offer me and am not exactly set on what I want to do for a long term career, but I am on a pre-vet track with the thoughts of going to vet school or doing something in the equine industry.

Favorite class at UVM:
Equine Enterprise Management with Professor Rohan. 

Research or Internships:
I haven't completed an internship yet and have not been involved in research.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I horseback ride weekly off campus in Jericho and Shelburne, VT. I am a part of pre-vet club and animal rescue here at UVM. I also try to help and get involved at the UVM Horse Barn when I can, in the past I have helped with an ASCI 001 lab where students practiced haltering horses.

Best place to study:
In my dorm with my roommate!

Advice to future CALS students:
Try to get involved early and see all CALS can offer you right away because they offer so much! Getting involved allows you to find out interests you have that you might not have known about! Explore any and all your interests!

CHAT WITH AL'LAINYA HERE

 

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TILLY ETTLINGER '21

Major: Public Communication

Minor: Political Science

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CAMRYN FISHER '22

Major: Animal Science

Minors: Chemistry

Learn more about Camryn

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose UVM because it had a very hands-on Animal Science Department!

What are your career goals?
I am on the pre-vet track and hope to go into Veterinary medicine. 

Favorite class at UVM:
Intro to Animal Science.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Feel good club, ski and snowboard club, outing club, pre-vet club

Best place to study:
Aiken lobby

Advice to future CALS students:
Be involved and take classes you want to take, not just what is required for your major.

CHAT WITH CAMRYN HERE

 

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SENECA HART '22

Major: Microbiology 

Minor: Astronomy

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Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I really liked the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) program. 

What are your career goals?
I want to be an astronomist and study how biology is affected and could evolve in space. 

Favorite class at UVM:
MMG 002: Unseen World; Microbes and You

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I am a sportswriter and news reporter for The Vermont Cynic and am involved in Canoe TREK, the Ski & Snowboard Club, Outdoor Club and the Horticulture Club. 

CHAT WITH SENECA HERE

 

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TIANA LEE '21

Major: Biological Science

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Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because the faculty and staff genuinely care about the success of its students. It's a smaller college so the professors are able to connect with and support their students on a deeper level than professors in other colleges are. 

What are your career goals?
I am planning on working as an EMT for a couple of years after I graduate, before attending medical school.

Favorite class at UVM:
I really enjoy organic chemistry and all of my PEAC classes. Public Health affects all of us and is so interesting!

Research or Internships at CALS:
I worked in Dr. Stephan Keller’s lab doing plant and genetic research.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I am a returning CALS Rep, as well as working on campus for UVM Program Board; the programming organization that puts on many of the events that students can attend on and off campus. I am also a 3rd year volunteer at the UVM Medical Center on the pediatric floor.

Best place to study:
Billings Library, no question about it. 

Advice to future CALS students:
Lean in!! College is such an amazing experience and we’re all so lucky to be able to attend UVM, so make the most of it! Do things that are a little scary and out of your comfort zone, you may just fall in love with a new activity that you never thought you would ever enjoy. And don’t be afraid to reach out to that person that you think could use some kind words, you never know what impact a compliment or kind gesture can have when someone is struggling. We’re all in it together and it’s so much better when people are kind to each other!

CHAT WITH TIANA HERE

 

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ERIN LEVINE '22

Major: Animal Science

Learn more about Erin

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS becauase it was one of the more close-knit colleges here at UVM, and it had my major. 

What are your career goals?
Hopefully vet school, but I will see where life takes me!

Favorite class at UVM:
ASCI 001

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Club Hockey, Feel Good, Pre-vet club, animal rescue club, intramural broomball.

Best place to study:
My room. 

Advice to future CALS students:
Chose a major that you are really passionate about! It’s a lot more fun.

CHAT WITH ERIN HERE

 

KAYLA McCAIN '23
Major: Animal Science

Learn more about Kayla

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS at UVM because of the hands on experience I was able to get while in my undergraduate studies.

What are your career goals?
I hope to attend Veterinary School after my undergraduate degree.

Favorite class at UVM:
ASCI001 or BiologyCore11.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Dairy Club and Outing Club. 

Best place to study:
The Howe Library or the Davis center.

Advice to future CALS students:
To keep an open mind and try new things even if you don’t think you’ll like it. UVM has so many opportunities to get outside and get involved within every major!

CHAT WITH KAYLA HERE

OLIVIA RODER '21

Major: Dietetics, Nutrition, and Food Sciences

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Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because I was impressed with the Dietetics program and really liked the mission of the college.

What are your career goals?
I would like to become a Registered Dietitian and work in community nutrition. I hope to work to improve school lunches and increase food access and nutrition education in food deserts.

Favorite class at UVM:
NFS 143: Nutrition in the Life Cycle

Research or Internships here in CALS:
n/a

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I am the treasurer and co-president of Ballet Viridis, a student-run ballet company on campus, as well as a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.

Best place to study:
The third floor of the library in a corner desk near the windows!

Advice to future CALS students? 
Explore everything that interests you because you never know what you might like! Make sure to take advantage of office hours and be involved in extracurriculars as well.

CHAT WITH OLIVIA HERE

 

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KATIE SCHLEPPHORST '21

Major: Nutrition & Food Science

Minor: Biochemistry 

Learn more about Katie

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because not only does it offer various resources for pursuing my NSF major, but it also offers resources for the premed track. The advising is outstanding and it’s great having a variety of majors all in one college.

What are your career goals?
I want to become a physician (oncology, orthopedics, or endocrinology)

Favorite class at UVM:
Chemistry 031

Research or Internships here at CALS:
Volunteer for Doctor Woods High Risk Breast Cancer Protocol at the UVM Medical Center. 

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Co-president/Co-founder of Health Guardians of America (UVM Chapter), Mentor for MedTrek at the Edmunds Middle School, Member of Golden Key National Honor Society

Best place to study:
Dana Medical Library

Advice to future CALS students:
Go to office hours and get involved in clubs/extra-curriculars!

CHAT WITH KATIE HERE

 

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MARY KATE SOLTYS '22

Major: Animal Science

Minors: Biology

Learn more about Mary Kate

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I was excited to get hands on experience right away

What are your career goals?
I hope to become a veterinarian.

Favorite class at UVM:
Animal Science 001

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
UVM animal rescue, pre-vet club, volunteer experience at a local shelter, dairy club

Best place to study: 
2nd floor of the library

Advice to future CALS students:
CALS is the best place to come and get started on your future career goals as soon as possible. 

CHAT WITH MARY KATE HERE

 

MEG STEVENS '21

Major: Animal Science

Minor: English and Wildlife Biology

Learn more about Meg

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I wanted a hands-on education where I could be practicing the things I’d be learning in the classroom. CALS also appealed to me because it has the feeling of a smaller school, even though UVM is a pretty big school. I like knowing the people in my classes and having a sense of community

What are your career goals?
I want to pursue a career in wildlife conservation.

Favorite class at UVM:
Zoos and exotic animals.

Research or Internships here at CALS:
Over this past summer I had a biosecurity internship with Julie Smith, one of the professors in the ASCI department. I researched and wrote articles about livestock disease outbreaks for farmers, scientists, researchers, or community members to read and understand.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I’m the marketing intern at Living Well, where I do a lot of graphic design and social media planning. I’m also a Step Up Facilitator and lead trainings around bystander intervention.

Best place to study:
Billings Library

Advice to future CALS students:
Take advantage of the many opportunities CALS offers you! There’s a lot out there to be learned and enjoyed.

CHAT WITH MEG HERE

 

MARLENA TYLDESLEY '23

Major: Microbiology

Learn more about Marlena

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because I loved that it valued both hard science and communication skills. It's also a small college which makes it much easier to get in touch with professors and get research experience. 

What are your career goals?
I'm currently Pre-Medical but also considering Public Health Policy. 

Favorite class at UVM:
MMG 002: Microbes and You

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
The Natural Philosopher (STEM newspaper), teaching music lessons to kids, and ice skating at the rink. 

Best place to study:
In front of fireplace at MAT halls. 

Advice to future CALS students:
Contact people you think are interesting with your @uvm email-- they answer!

CHAT WITH MARLENA HERE

 

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KIRA WHITE '22

Major: Molecular Genetics

Minor: Pharmacology and Music

Learn more about Kira

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences because I immediately felt so welcomed when I visited UVM, and I was interested in all of the groundbreaking research and wonderful opportunities happening within the college.

What are your career goals?
After I graduate from UVM I will likely continue my education with either a Masters degree or a Doctorate, and I want to go into either pharmacogenomics or bioinformatics.

Favorite class at UVM:
MMG 101! It's a rigorous introductory microbiology class taught by an excellent professor. There is also a lab associated with the class where I have learned so many practical microbiology lab skills.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Outside of the classroom, I am a Student Admissions Representative, I am a member of the Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Club, and I'm currently pursuing certification to be a Zumba instructor!

Best place to study:
Chikago Landing in the Davis Center. It blocks out most of the excitement from elsewhere in the Davis Center, but leaves a good amount of background noise and a great place to snack and study.

Advice to future CALS students:
Trust that you will find what you are passionate about and make good connections withyour peers and professors.

CHAT WITH KIRA HERE

 

For more information, please call 802-656-2980 or email calsstudentservices@uvm.edu.