Zumwalt Scholarship Awarded to Two Students in Biological Sciences
The Zumwalt Scholarship in Environmental Science and Evolution was awarded to two students this spring for the 2017-2018 academic year. The scholarship was created in honor and memory of Dr. Gary Zumwalt, a Professor of Geology at Louisiana Tech University who passed away in 2015. Students who are awarded this scholarship demonstrate a passion for ecology, evolution, and environmental science as demonstrated through their involvement in research, extracurricular activities, and outside employment. This year’s recipients are master’s student, Casey Morin, and undergraduate Maggie Herrmann.
Casey Morin recently completed his first year in the master’s program in Biological Sciences under the advisement of Dr. Natalie Clay in the field of entomology. “Ants in particular are my main area of interest and with much still to be learned and discovered I am very excited for a career in this field,” explains Casey. Following completion of his master’s degree, Casey plans to become either a museum curator of entomology or a professor at a university.
Maggie Herrmann is a junior environmental science major who, after the BP oil spill, during the continued erosion of the Louisiana coastline, and the great floods, realized she wanted to do something that had the ability to benefit people from all walks of life and care about something before it was taken away. Currently, Maggie is completing her degree in Environmental Science and minoring in Education and plans to attend Law school to pursue Environmental Law in order to “protect something that can’t protect itself, and teach people to care for what they have and appreciate the environment.”