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Undergraduate Student

Katy Battle

Senior, Wildlife Science

  • Minor: Forestry

As a Hokie with a passion for nature and its conservation, I am excited to be pursuing my bachelor’s degree in wildlife science with a minor in forestry. The College of Natural Resources and Environment has opened my eyes to the exciting possibility of a career in tackling the ecological challenges that face our generation. While the discipline of science is quite reputable, the science itself may only go so far in affecting real change.

When I first entered Virginia Tech, an institute renowned for its research, I wanted to pursue a very objective career in the scientific inquiry of natural resources conservation. However, after becoming more involved with The Wildlife Society, volunteering with the Virginia-Appalachian Coyote Study, and taking courses such as Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife, and Herpetofauna Conservation, I have developed a greater appreciation for the need to work with humans just as frequently, if not more so, than with nature in order to achieve progress. For this reason, I am excited to be a part of the 2013-14 cohort of the Leadership Institute, as I am certain that my collaborating with current and future leaders in natural resources fields will strengthen my ability to address conservation issues in both social and political arenas. Given the complexity of challenges that threaten conservation, scientists and natural resource managers must exercise judicious leadership in order to translate science into action.

I have become involved in the college through membership in the Virginia Tech Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, by engaging in independent research with some of the college’s professors, and by serving as a Peer Mentor to incoming students in the college’s “First-Year Experience” course. I look forward to broadening my involvement in the College of Natural Resources and Environment through the Leadership Institute. I am certain my participation in this unique and engaging program will prove to be an invaluable first step in applying my education following graduation. My goals include pursuing graduate school to study the interconnectedness of human activities and wildlife behavior.

Honors and Awards

  • Xi Sigma Pi Outstanding Sophomore Award, 2012
  • Fralin Life Science Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2012
  • Dean’s List, fall 2010-spring 2013

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