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Lisa Ray: 2013 Outstanding Graduate — Biology

Lisa Ray“As a lifelong Southeast Alaskan and avid hiker, my ideal job would allow me to combine my love of the outdoors with research in conservation biology.”

I already hold a BA (with dual majors in psychology and music) and was in the workforce for several years before returning to school at UAS for a degree in biology. With the support of my loved ones, I have been able to immerse myself in this second bout of academia-- I'm well on my way to becoming a professional undergraduate student! But seriously, I could not be more pleased with my decision to attend UAS, where, under the guidance of the knowledgeable faculty, I've been able to face new challenges (hello chemistry!), excel, and, frankly, surprise myself!

My advisor, Professor of Biology Sherry Tamone, has been exceptionally helpful by affording me the opportunity to conduct independent research in her laboratory and by orchestrating my academic program so that I could participate in the National Student Exchange Program (NSE). That's right, I've just spent my final semester in Hilo, Hawaii! The NSE program has allowed me to have my cake and eat it too-- cashing in on this last bit of "free time" before returning to the working world! As a lifelong Southeast Alaskan and avid hiker, my ideal job would allow me to combine my love of the outdoors with research in conservation biology.

UAS' 2013 Juneau Commencement will be held May 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the UAS Recreation Center.


Student Speaker Link

Crystal Rogers is receiving her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Independent Design, focusing on the art, language, government and history of indigenous and Western societies in Alaska, with a minor in Tlingit.

Learn more about Crystal Rogers, this year's student speaker at the UAS Commencement in Juneau on May 6th.