Wildlife biology requires students get out of the classroom and into the field. That suits Amanda just fine; exploring nature has been her passion since youth.
Amanda chose UM-Flint not only because its size allowed her to form real working partnerships with professors, but also because of the kinds of resources available only through the University of Michigan.
She has been a lab assistant. She has done research on pollination with assistant professor Rebecca Tonietto, PhD. And as a teaching assistant in Dr. Jill Witt’s forest ecology class, she helped peers sharpen fieldwork skills at the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston, Michigan.
These experiences helped Amanda secure an internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Afterward, she will continue to pursue her goals of earning a PhD and becoming a biologist for the National Park Service.
Amanda’s advice to future UM-Flint freshmen: “Get to know your professors. All of the opportunities I have had here came because I asked or knew the professors. All of the professors here are amazing and want to help you succeed. Talk to them!”