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Undergraduate Student

Emily Ronis

Junior, Wildlife Science

  • Minor: Environmental Policy and Planning

My childhood was similar to something you might read about in a novel. I spent my summer days with a family friend, since my parents both worked until the evening. She lived on a cul-de-sac full of kids of all ages, and we spent most of our time exploring the outdoors. The days consisted of bike riding, hide-and-seek, picking honeysuckle, and playing in our own permanent wooden fort. We loved to venture into the neighboring woods, finding salamanders, turtles, rabbits, frogs, and even the occasional praying mantis. Needless to say, my love of the natural world stayed with me throughout my time in grade school. I came to realize that if my career were not centered on the environment or animals, it would be far from gratifying. So when I stumbled upon the wildlife science major at Virginia Tech, I knew I had found the perfect fit.

Since arriving in Blacksburg, I have loved every minute as a student in the College of Natural Resources and Environment. The classes are fascinating and inspiring, albeit challenging. I absolutely love getting to learn about the things that I am passionate about every single day. I’ve been fortunate to also be able to participate in so many amazing opportunities the college offers, including the college’s ambassador program, the Chesapeake

Bay Spring Break trip, and The Wildlife Society. This past summer I was a Fralin Life Science Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow, participating in fieldwork on shorebirds on the Eastern Shore and analyzing data back in the lab. I am now looking forward to this coming year as I take part in the Leadership Institute, which promises to be engaging and inspiring as we learn about leadership in the context of natural resources. I am excited for all of the challenges I will face and the experiences I will have during my next few years here at Virginia Tech!

Honors and Awards:

  • Pamplin Leader Award, 2011-12
  • Westerhoff Scholar, 2011-12
  • Jack Raybourne Scholarship, 2013-14
  • Fralin Life Science Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 2013

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