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Student Employment Experience and Perspective

Viterbo University student...

How did you find out about the program? How did you get connected?

I became a biological science aid when I applied for a summer research position through my university. There was a flier in the science building advertising that positions were available at the USGS through a partnership research project between Viterbo University and the USGS. I was then rehired for a second summer. After the second summer was done, my employment was extended into the school year.

Share one thing about this job that you will remember - one experience that is a highlight for you:

One experience that was a highlight for me was completing the first summer research project and then being able to present that research at the Aquaculture 2010 conference in San Diego, California.

What did you accomplish? (professionally and/or personally):

Working as a biological science aid I have accomplished many things. I've learned a lot about different fish species, both native and invasive, the importance and challenges of using fishery anesthetics, the effects of estrogen on fish, how to design and implement research projects, how to collect and analyze data, the list is endless!

Where do you want to go from here? What do you want to do next?

After I finish my undergraduate degree I hope to go on to graduate school and earn a Master's degree. I would like to connect people to their world by working in environmental education.


Assessing the Vulnerability of Lake Fish Communities to Endocrine Disruption Using Pond Mesocosms

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