"I had a wonderful time in my four years studying Botany at Purdue University. I was able to have rewarding relationships with the faculty, staff and students in the department while learning a tremendous amount of information. Through the department, I was able to get a position doing lab work and undergraduate research and experienced a lot of the techniques that are used in real-world job applications – which REALLY helped when going through classes, applying for internships, jobs, and graduate schools.
I graduated with a B.S. from the Botany Department in 2010 and am now working on a M.S. in Marine Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute. My focus is on the phytoplankton distribution in the Gulf of Mexico in relation to currents and the BP oil spill.
Even though my main focus has changed, the background I have in Plant Biology is extremely relevant in my studies now. Plants are the basis of almost every food web, and the study of plant biology has huge applications to every other field. I believe the faculty and curriculum in the department gave me a great base of knowledge to draw from and to expand on in my future studies."