Throughout the school year, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture students have the opportunity to attend local, state and national conferences. These opportunities not only support professional and academic development, but also foster lasting professional relationships that can be beneficial as students pursue a career. Learn more about some of the opportunities and exciting experiences our students encounter during these events through a few of their personal reflections.
“This conference was wonderful in making connections. I am now trying to establish a working relationship with NASA, and hope to learn more about their work in infrared mapping to study fire histories.” – Jessica Pruneda, fire management major
“There was so much relevant information and amazing presenters at the National Association for Interpretation Conference. I attended presentations ranging from arts in the environmental scene, to digitizing national monuments through Minecraft! However, out of the many presentations I attended, one of my favorites was a presentation on diversity. Throughout the presentation, the presenter discussed how working with diverse people is not about putting our differences aside, but about using those differences to work together. It seemed like a small difference in phrasing, but I don’t think I am going to look at diversity the same way again.” – Martha Carnes, forest recreation management major
“I’ve never been surrounded by so many like-minded people in terms of their concern for the environment, conservation, and wanting to teach others about important environmental factors. It was a great community of people with high spirits and love for what they do.” – Kai Welford, forest wildlife management major
“Networking, obtaining interviews, and getting to know my peers were a few of the highlights of being able to attend the convention this semester. The concurrent sessions I attended not only helped me learn about what is going on in different parts of the world, but also helped to confirm the specific areas of this field that I want to work in.” – Ashley Johnson, forest recreation management major
“I enjoyed getting to present research I personally worked on this summer in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks to professional natural resource interpreters.” – Lana Welford, urban forestry major