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Undergraduate Student

Allison Moser

Wildlife Conservation

Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

I was the only 6-year-old on the soccer field chasing butterflies instead of the ball. That same year, I proudly announced the name for my aspired career: entomologist. While my athletic father was somewhat confused, both of my parents wholeheartedly supported my fascination with the outdoor world. I used to prevent my parents from turning the pages in storybooks until I pointed out all of the “bugs” in the pictures — regardless of the story’s focus on kittens, colors, or Christopher Robin. Steve Irwin was my childhood television hero, and camping and hiking became my favorite adventures. Books allowed me to expand my curiosity from the backyard to the Amazon and the Arctic. Survival stories generated my interest in mountainous terrain, and I entertained dreams of winning the Iditarod prior to gaining a curiosity in wolf conservation. A trip to Yellowstone when I was 12 cemented my heart in the American West. I shifted my aspiration to a career as a forest ranger but discovered the title of wildlife biologist through a high school research project. Further research led me to apply to Virginia Tech, where I am thrilled to be studying wildlife conservation.

I intend to research endangered species in order to advise wildlife management and policy. I am interested in the way wildlife populations influence the livelihoods of communities and hope to mitigate the polarization present over controversial species recovery programs. In addition, I aspire to serve a role improving the communication of scientific findings to the public. The Leadership Institute will equip me with powerful tools I can use to influence society regarding wildlife conservation. Understanding my strengths as a leader and challenging myself in those areas needing growth should provide a unique opportunity to refine my self-understanding and interactions with others. I anticipate that this program will facilitate a transformative year for myself and my peers.

In addition to human dimensions and applied management, my enthusiasm for the outdoors dictates that a preferred career will involve plenty of fieldwork. Last summer I worked as a field technician in the Grand Tetons on an amphibian monitoring project, and I am convinced that it may be one of the most beautiful regions in the United States. There I enjoyed a variety of outdoor recreation including hiking and backpacking, activities I love to pursue in the Appalachians near Blacksburg. This school year I am balancing sedentary coursework with a field job researching salamanders in the Jefferson National Forest. On campus, I am heavily involved with Virginia Tech’s Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society as well as the Honors Residential College. I am excited to be participating in the Leadership Institute, as I believe it will be a valuable addition to my college career.

Honors and Awards

  • Vice President, Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society, 2015-16
  • Apartment Fellow, the Honors Residential College at East Ambler Johnston, 2015-16
  • University Honors, 2013-present
  • Burd S. McGinnes Fellowship, 2014
  • First Year Experience Scholarship, 2014
  • Robert A. Belz Endowed Scholarship, 2014
  • Henry S. Mosby Scholarship, 2015
  • University Honors Merit Scholarship, 2015
  • Dean’s List, 2013-15

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