Shira Berkelhammer Finds Her Future in Fisheries

Shira Berkelhammer holds a burbot fish in a lab and a boat docked on Lake Champlain

Senior Shira Berkelhammer ‘22 had her heart set on a smaller college but one with big research opportunities. She came all the way from Seattle to attend the University of Vermont where she found what she was looking for—accessibility to faculty and their research. Proximity to Lake Champlain and the university’s lakefront laboratory sealed the deal.

A high school AP biology class with...

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Amanda Adams holding salmon and standing by river in Alaska

Amanda Adams Interns with US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska

This summer I was able to work at a dream job in Alaska with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. It is an experience that I will never forget.

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Group of people in wet suits and a lab contraption

Laurel Martinez: Marine Ecology Intern on Chesapeake Bay

Situated on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) is a community of researchers and educators dedicated to solving environmental problems. The 2,650 acre campus consisting of forests, wetlands, and protected shoreline provides an ideal location for both environmental research and exploration.

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