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Just a few of our CALS Student Representatives. Learn more about our 2018-19 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

 

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CAITLIN BAIN '19

Major: Environmental Science with a concentration in Water Resource

Minor: Geospatial Technologies

Learn more about Caitlyn

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?  Environmental Science is offered as a major in three colleges at UVM and I felt like the CALS core curriculum best fit what I was looking for by giving me a well-balanced education outside of the classes for my major.

What are your career goals?  I’m not sure yet! I am still taking classes to find out exactly what I want to do and I’m open to where it will lead me. As an Environmental Science major, I hope to do my part to work towards a more sustainable way of life on Earth.

Favorite class at UVM:
PSS 161: Fundamentals of Soil Science with Josef Gorres

Research or Internships:  
Over the summer I had an internship with the Williston Public Works Department and I work with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Intramural Sports, Student Note Taker, regularly donate blood with the American Red Cross, anything on Lake Champlain, snowboarding!!!

CHAT WITH CAITLYN HERE

 

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JAMIE BURKE '20

Major: Animal and Veterinary Science

Minor: Public Policy and Chemistry

Learn more about Jamie

Why did you choose the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I loved our animal science program and the opportunities that are offered to get hands on experience with animals.

What are your career goals?
I hope to go to vet school. 

Favorite class at UVM:
ASCI 100 with David Kerr

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I was an intern at Red Creek Wildlife Center over the summer where I worked with injured and orphaned mammals, reptiles, and birds (including raptors),

Best place to study:
Old Mill

Advice to future CALS students:
If something sounds interesting to you, try and get involved even if you have no experience with whatever it is (go to club meetings, speakers, community events).

CHAT WITH JAMIE HERE

 

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CARA CAHILL '20

Major: Public Communication

Minor: Sports Management / Behavioral Health Studies

Learn more about Cara

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I recently transferred from the College of Arts & Sciences to the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences after finding a major that I really enjoyed. I chose to join PCOM (Public Communication) and have been having a blast since I joined CALS.

What are your career goals?
I want to work in Public Relations for a professional sports team and eventually work my way up to being the General Manager of a team.

Favorite class at UVM:
Consequences of Concussion

Research or Internships here at CALS:
Victory Club Internship - I oversee the 50/50 raffle and manage alumni relations.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority, Chief financial advisor and Sports chair, Victory Club internship, Entrepreneurship club, Intermural Sports- broomball, floor hockey, ice hockey, PR/Marketing committee for Rallython, Raise money for CASA (court appointed special advocates)

Best place to study:
Library study rooms, or Lafayette top floor

Advice to future CALS students:
Always be open to meeting new people because the friends you make here can change the way you feel and look about life. They will always be there for you and are lifelong friends.

CHAT WITH CARA HERE

 

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JULIA CALLAHAN '20

Major: Sustainable Landscape Horticulture

Learn more about Julia

Why did you choose the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because the programs are focused around sustainability and the social sciences.

What are your career goals?
I plan to pursue a job related to landscape design.

Favorite class at UVM:
My favorite class at UVM so far has been Home and Garden Horticulture.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Horticulture Club member, VSTEP member

 

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DEVYN YOLDA-CARR '20

Major: Molecular Genetics

Minor: Animal Science

Learn more about Devyn

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because of the multiple majors that were offered and the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) Department sounded so interesting. 

What are your career goals?
I am interested in research and am currently looking into Masters of Public Health programs. 

Favorite class at UVM:
Clinical Microbiology

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
History club

Best place to study:
One of the little nooks in Stafford

Advice to future CALS students:
Don't be afraid to try something new! The results may surprise you.

CHAT WITH DEVYN HERE

 

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MILES DANIS '20

Major: Microbiology

Learn more about Miles

Graduation Year: 2020

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
Because of their amazing faculty, small classes, and abundance of opportunities to help you succeed in the future.

What are your career goals?
I plan to attend a Physician Assistant graduate program after graduation.

Favorite class at UVM:
MMG101 – Microbiology and Infectious Diseases with Dr. Johnson

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Co-chair for CALS Reps, active member of the UVM Pre-PA club, volunteer with the North Reading Food Pantry in Massachusetts.

CHAT WITH MILES HERE

 

NATHAN EHRENREICH '20

Major: Molecular Genetics

Minors: Microscopy and Biochemistry

Learn more about Nathan

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because it was the best option for my interests in my freshman year. I was a biological sciences and environmental science double major and I wanted to take exclusively sciences classes, so CALS was perfect for me.

What are your career goals?
PhD researcher, hopefully someday with my own lab. 

Favorite class at UVM:
Microbiology and Infectious Disease

Research or Internships:
I conduct research in Matt Weseton's neurobiology lab. 

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Leading a trip to Ecuador with Global Student Embassy, co-founding the MMG (Microbiology & Molecular Genetics) club. 

Best place to study:
Library to Simpson dining hall. 

Advice to future CALS students:
Don’t be afraid to take an unfamiliar class or change your major. Explore your interests.

CHAT WITH NATHAN HERE

 

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TILLY ETTLINGER '21

Major: Public Communication

Minor: Political Science

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MACKENZIE FAIRCHILD '21

Major: Animal Science

Learn more about Mackenzie

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because I felt it was a great place with many opportunities as well as expertise in the field that I wanted to go in to. 

What are your career goals?
My goal is to become a vet. 

Favorite class at UVM:
Bootcamp in Alpaca Husbandry

Research or Internships:
I help graduate students conduct researh in the Townson Lab. Last semester, I interned in animal care at ECHO in Burlington.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Club lacrosse, pre-vet club, animal rescue, TA for CDAE 002

Best place to study:
Library - second floor

Advice to future CALS students:
Get involved and try something new!

 

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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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RENEE HAMBLIN '19

Major: Food Systems

Minors: Public Communication, Nutrition & Food Science

Learn more about Renee

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
As UVM is a Land Grant Institution, I feel CALS is the heart of the school. CALS offers dynamic and hands-on opportunities with a transdisciplinary take on education. CALS students are forwarding-thinking, able to see bigger picture issues and figure out ways to solve them.

What are your career goals?
Work with the Farm-to-School movement in inner city schools & make nutrition education an integral part of primary education.

Favorite class at UVM:
CDAE 004 US Food, Social Equity & Development

Research or Internships here at CALS:
Lab Volunteer for the von Wettberg Lab, Communication and Events Outreach Intern for Vermont Community Garden Network.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
College Undergrads Not Tolerating Sexism, UVM Theater Department, Intermural Volleyball, Broomball, Soccer, City Market Member-Worker Volunteer, Vine Sanctuary Volunteer and a server at Istanbul Kebab House.

CHAT WITH RENEE HERE

 

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SENECA HART '22

Major: Microbiology 

Minor: Astronomy

Learn more about Seneca

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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AMANDA HILL '19

Major: Plant Biology, Film & Television Studies

Learn more about Amanda

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because of the smaller community it contains, allowing me to easily make connections with faculty and other students.

What are your career goals?
I plan to go on to graduate school. I hope to either work in academics or in the environmental industry and would love to continue doing research as well.

Favorite class at UVM:
PBIO 241: Tropical Plant Systematics

Research or Internships here at CALS:
I'm doing research with a lab in the Plant Biology department in Jeffords. 

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I am the Film Club president and was part of the Dewey House for community engagement and service. I also went to New Orleans for Alternative Spring Break to help rebuild houses affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Best place to study:
3rd floor Jeffords!

Advice to future CALS students:
Take advantage of all the great opportunities in CALS. 

CHAT WITH AMANDA HERE

 

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KAYLA IRWIN '19

Major: Biological Science

Learn more about Kayla

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I originally started off at UVM as Animal Science pre-vet and then realized I wanted to go into medicine. Since CALS offered a major in Biological Sciences it was a super easy switch from one major to the other.

What are your career goals?
I want to go to Physician Assistant school after I graduate.

Favorite class at UVM:
Organic Chemistry with Sandy Wurthman!

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
EMT at Milton Rescue; volunteer at Red Cross; work with VNA; UVM Pre-PA Club; traveled to Belize to study women’s health and spirituality. 

Best place to study:
Med Library

Advice for future CALS students:
Try new things and take classes outside of your major!

CHAT WITH KAYLA HERE

 

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SABRINA KYBURG '19

Major: Environmental Science

Minor: Wildlife Biology

Learn more about Sabrina

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I was placed in CALS as an Environmental Science major. 

What are your career goals?
I'd like to work in conservation, in particular concentrating in marine environments.

Favorite class at UVM:
ENSC 160

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Running club, ski and snowboard club, intramurals, peer note taker

Best place to study:
Aiken Solarium

Advice to future CALS students:
Enjoy your time at UVM and take advantage of opportunities!

CHAT WITH SABRINA HERE

 

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HANNAH LADNER '20

Major: Animal Science

Minor: Wildlife Biology

Learn more about Hannah

Graduation Year: 2020

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM because I wanted a college with a strong animal science program but I didn’t want really big class sizes like some larger state schools.

What are your career goals?
I want to work with exotic and zoo animals and currently plan on working in wildlife rehabilitation.

Favorite class at UVM:
ASCI 171: Zoos, Exotics and Endangered Species

Research or Internships:
I am not currently involved in research or internships.  In the past, I have assisted in an ongoing study for the American Chestnut Foundation.  The study focused on the success of American-Chinese chestnut hybrid seedlings which were planted in a recovering forest habitat.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I am a member of UVM’s Beekeeping Club as well as Wildlife & Fisheries Society.  I also volunteer at my local SPCA when I am back in Pennsylvania.

CHAT WITH HANNAH HERE

 

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TIANA LEE '21

Major: Biological Science

Learn more about Tiana

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
CALS seemed to be a more intimate community. I wanted a support system from a smaller college.

What are your career goals?
I hope to go to med school and become an orthopedic surgeon.

Favorite class at UVM:
I really enjoy organic chemistry and all of my PEAC classes.

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

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I volunteer at the hospital once a week as well as play volleyball and run.

Best place to study:
UH green roof in warm weather!

Advice to future CALS students:
Reach out to your professors and faculty!! The care about your success and want to help you succeed.

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

 

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KATIE MCGRATH '19

Major: Community and International Development

Learn more about Katie

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I started out undeclared in the College of Arts & Sciences. I decided the summer before my sophomore year to pursue a Community and International Development major because I’m interested in policy and sustainability. I have a strong interest in community development and CALS is the only college studying this.

What are your career goals?
While I don’t know what career path I’d like to pursue, I know that my main goal is to work in a fulfilling career that helps others and makes a positive difference in the world.

Favorite class at UVM:
CDAE 205: Rural communities in modern society

Research or Internships at CALS:
I'm doing research in affordable housing w/ Kelly Hamshaw and an internship at Champlain Housing Trust.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
DREAM mentor for low income housing kids.

Best place to study:
3rd floor library

Advice to future CALS students:
Explore everything you can!

CHAT WITH KATIE HERE

 

LUCY MCGREW '20

Major: Environmental Science

Learn more about Lucy

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?  
I chose CALS because I felt that I would receive an environmental science education centered around important issues such as food production and shortages, as well as keeping the land that feeds us healthy. I also knew that I would be learning about things I had little to no experience with – such as sustainable agriculture - and that excited me.

What are your career goals?  
I can't say that I have a specific career in mind, only that I hope to have a job that allows me to work outdoors with the land and also feel like I am truly making a difference.

Favorite class at UVM:  
Currently, my favorite class is Geology 055 with Professor Stephen Wright.

Research or Internships:
My first semester at the University of Vermont, I worked in the UVM Horticulture Farm's lab in Jeffords testing apples from the farm.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:  
I am an Advocat (tour guide), a member of VSTEP, and an eco-rep. I have volunteered at the Intervale and assisted their staff with gleaning, as well as assisted in teaching ASCI 001 labs.

CHAT WITH LUCY HERE

 

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ZACK PITTEL '19

Major: Community Entrepreneurship

Learn more about Zack

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I started out in CEMS, then to CAS and finally CALS. The CDAE department is where I wanted to be all along, but I never knew it existed at UVM.

What are your career goals?
Not sure yet...international development work, education, sports. 

Favorite class at UVM:
CDAE 002, Capoeira in the dance department, or wildlife tracking

Research or Internships:
Marketing internship at Jewish Communities of Vermont

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:  
Delta Tau Delta fraternity- member development chair, sirdi scholars (Chabbad), Judo, City market Volunteering

Best place to study:
2nd floor library and at home

Advice to future CALS students:
Find other subjects outside of CALS, like minors, that supplement your learning. And study abroad.

CHAT WITH ZACK HERE

 

KATY PRINDLE '21
Major: Undecided

Learn more about Katy

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because it seemed they had a lot of majors in the college, and I was really leaning towards animal science, so I chose it. Originally, when applying to UVM I went in under the Rubenstein College, but decided that CALS would be a better fit because they do have animal science as well as environment studies/sciences. This college seems like it is the friendliest out of all the other colleges, and I am very happy to be a part of it.

What are your career goals?
My ultimate dream/goal is to become a Veterinarian for small animals. Working in some type of way with animals is an end goal for me, or something with environmental policy/wildlife policies.

Favorite class at UVM:
My favorite class is my animal science class (ASCI 006). My professor is great, and she is a practicing Vet. So, I can learn from her. I am really hoping that at my time here at UVM, I will take some really fun classes that broaden my interests because I still am trying to figure everything out.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
UVM Animal Rescue Squad, FeelGood Club, Volunteer at grilled cheese stand, Outing Club, CREAM Club, Badminton (Doubles)

CHAT WITH KATY HERE

 

SEAN QUIGLEY '20

Major: Molecular Genetics

Minor: Statistics

Learn more about Sean

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
Because of their MMG program

What are your career goals?
To either get a PhD/MD or both and then go on to do research in the life sciences. 

Favorite class at UVM:
MMG 201: Molecular Cloning Lab

Research or Internships here at in CALS:
Undergraduate research shared between Dr. Yolanda Chen’s lab and Dr. Stephanie McKay’s Lab.
SURF recipient for summer of 2017 to study epigenetics in relation to insecticide resistance.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Work at Green Mountain Antibodies, TEDxUVM

Best place to study:
3rd floor of the library

Advice to future CALS students:
Always try to get involved!

CHAT WITH SEAN HERE

 

ISAAC RACINE '21

Major: Biological Sciences

Minors: Biochemistry and Stats

Learn more about Issac

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I wanted to study biology, but I chose biological sciences at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences instead of another college because I wanted to focus more on the sciences. The science part was the most fascinating. Plus, CALS has more freeing degree requirements.

What are your career goals?
I'm currently interested in a field working with biostatistics and possibly related to environmental relations.

Favorite class at UVM:
BCOR 012

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I volunteer in the community through my leadership housing and I also have a part-time job in the local area.

Best place to study:
Jeffords 3rd floor

CHAT WITH ISAAC HERE

 

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LAURA SCHELLING '22

Major: Molecular Genetics

Minor: Plant Biology

Learn more about Laura

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
To study genetics!

What are your career goals?
I would like to do research. 

Favorite class at UVM?
MMG 002: Microbes and You

Research or Internships here at CALS:
Work study in the Keller lab as a microscopy technician.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Ski and snowboard club, VSTEP

Best place to study;
Howe Library

Advice to future CALS students:
Apply yourself and don’t be afraid to try new things.

CHAT WITH LAURA HERE

 

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KATIE SCHLEPPHORST '21

Major: Nutrition & Food Science

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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MADALINE SCHMIDT '21

Major: Microbiology

Learn more about Madaline

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because it was one of the smaller colleges and it allowed me to study biology more in depth. The Microbiology & Molecular Genetics (MMG) Department is partnered with the medical college and there are a lot of interesting class opportunities as well as research going in in the department. 

What are your career goals?
I am currently planning on going to medical school, but I am also interested in public health and research.

Favorite class at UVM:
MMG 101: Microbiology and Infectious Disease.

Research or Internships here at CALS:
I am doing research in a virology lab working with Zika virus.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I work at a pizza restaurant in South Burlington.

Best place to study:
Given café

Advice to future CALS students:
Try lots of new things, you never know what you might like.

CHAT WITH MADALINE 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

 

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EMMA STARKWEATHER '21

Major: Animal Science

Learn more about Emma

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I came to UVM for the animal science program, but as soon as I came here I immediately felt at home in the environment. The animal science program here was very hands on compared to other schools' programs.

What are your career goals?
To become a large animal veterinarian.

Favorite class at UVM:
Understanding and Speaking Dog

Research or Internships here at in CALS:
I helped with two trials in the Kerr lab, looking at mastitis in cows. I also did a wildlife rescue internship last summer on Cape Cod. 

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
I assist in the Animal Science labs and working with small groups. I also volunteer for the UVM Halloween Horse Barn, 

Best place to study:
Aiken greenhouse

Advice to future CALS students:
Focus on your studies and be involved.

CHAT WITH EMMA HERE

 

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HALEY STEIN '19

Major: Animal Science

Minor: Public Communication

Learn more about Haley

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because it has so many great opportunities to get hands on experience in the major I was interested in.

What are your career goals?
I hope to go to vet school after finshing my undergraduate and become a veterinarian.

Favorite class at UVM:
Chemistry 141+142, CREAM

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Pre-Vet club, Kappa Delta sorority, volunteer at All Breed Rescue

Best place to study:
Third floor Jeffords

Advice to future CALS Students:
Future students should take advantage of every opportunity possible, even if it may not be in your major, but it still interests you. Get your name out there, reach out to professors and advisors and get to know people.

CHAT WITH HALEY HERE

 

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NATALIA SWACK '21

Major: Biological Science

Learn more about Natalia

Graduation Year: 2019

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I chose CALS because I enjoy life sciences. 

What are your career goals?
To participate in field work related to animals, the environment and to travel and explore.

Favorite class at UVM:
BIOL 195: Introduction to Marine Sciences

Research or Internships here at in CALS:
Working with Dr. Laura May-Collado using photo identification techniques to identify dolphins in Panama.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Intramural sports, APO, Outing Club and UVM Dems

Best place to study:
Second floor of the library, or in a hammock outside

Advice to future CALS students:
Get involved and try new things. If you don't know what you want to do, it's okay.

CHAT WITH NATALIA HERE

 

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KIRA WHITE '22

Major: Molecular Genetics

Minor: Music

Learn more about Kira

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I sat in on a CALS info session during an admitted students visit day and I loved how kind and involved everybody was! I loved that the majors were so specific and I loved how everybody seemed to know each other.

What are your career goals?
I don’t have an exact plan for after graduation, but I would like to continue my education and go into the field of gene therapy.

Favorite class at UVM:
MMG 002: Unseen Worlds: Microbes and You

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
Member of the University Concer Choir

Best place to study:
Commons Room

Advice to future CALS students:
Don’t be afraid to reach out to faculty and fellow students involved in your major. It is so much better to have those connections and meet people who do what you might want to do one day.

CHAT WITH KIRA HERE

 

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TORI WILSON '21
Major: Food Systems
Minor: Community and International Development

Learn more about Tori

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I always heard great things about CALS, and the Food Systems Program fit perfectly with my interests. 

What are your career goals?
Work internationally with food insecurity in developing countries. 

Favorite class at UVM:
CDAE 002: World Food, Population and Development

Research or Internships here at in CALS:
I work at a research lab focusing on thyroid cancer at the Health Science and Research Facility. The lab members are incredibly kind and supportive, and it’s a really great experience.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:
UVM FeelGood, Vermont Cynic, Challah for Hunger

Best place to study:
Aiken plant center

Advice to future CALS students:
Don't get discouraged. Keep your head up and persevere. 

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student in the lab

GRACE YU '19
Major: Microbiology
Minor: Computer Science

Learn more about Grace

Why did you choose The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at UVM?
I came in declared as a Microbiology major, which is in CALS – so it’s not so much that I chose CALS as it was that I chose my area of study, but CALS is an excellent college and I am very happy to be in it.

What are your career goals?
Ah gosh, I’ve been asking myself that for the past few months, hahah. For now, I’ll be happy with earning an entry-level job, but in the future… hmm. I’ll have to keep thinking about that one.

Favorite class at UVM:
With this fall semester, I can say that the microbiology lab I’m a TA for is my favorite class. It’s really fun to chat and work with the students, and it’s cool because the lab is a good mix of sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to meet such awesome people otherwise.

Research or Internships here at in CALS:
I work at a research lab focusing on thyroid cancer at the Health Science and Research Facility. The lab members are incredibly kind and supportive, and it’s a really great experience.

Extracurricular Activities, Volunteerism and/or Community service:

During my spare time, I like to write, paint/draw, and visit the practice rooms at the music building. I also work as a subject area tutor at the Tutoring Center here on campus. Allowing me to take this opportunity to make a plug – the Tutoring Center is a fantastic resource, and it’s free of charge. Anyone can utilize the tutoring program. It doesn’t matter if you’re struggling with a class or just want advice about a course, the Tutoring Center is here to serve you. It’s not just limited to course work – we also have study skills tutors who help students build more efficient study habits.

 

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