Personal Statement : One Hour And Thirty Two Minutes

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Personal Statement: One hour and thirty-two minutes determined what I wanted to dedicate my life to. I was 15 years old when I sat in my oceanography class and watched The Cove for the first time. This chilling documentary inspired me to go to the principle’s office, in the middle of a school day, to call my mom and tell her we needed to go to Taiji, Japan to save the dolphins. Overhearing this call, the principle sat me down with my oceanography teacher, who then told me that there was a field of science with the sole purpose to conserve the world’s biodiversity. That night I read research articles from the Biological Conservation journal. While reading articles, I came across one about the Florida manatee. This article stated that the manatee’s only predator is people, and inspired my selection of manatees as a study species in my undergraduate research because of this human-wildlife conflict. Research Experience: While an undergraduate at George Mason University, I was selected to participate in the Students as Scholars’ Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. This is a competitive research program that partners undergraduates with faculty mentors, and provides significant funding to complete an original research project. It was partially because of this program that George Mason University received the honor of becoming a tier-one research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In a difficult feat, I was awarded funding for two
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