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PhD in EEB Spotlighted by Office of Research and Engagement

Maryrose Weatherton, a doctoral student in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, is the subject of this month’s Graduate Student Spotlight by the Office of Research and Engagement. Weatherton is using what is known about the connections between living organisms and their environment to develop a better way to measure and characterize achievement in minoritized grad students—including students of color, women, LGBTQ+, low socioeconomic status, international, and first-generation students.

“What I love about ecology is the idea that there is an overarching set of ‘rules’ that structure these really complex communities, and researchers can leverage these rules to address challenges like conservation and global warming. I am hoping to develop a similar set of ecological ‘rules’ that govern graduate student success and to use that in addressing equity challenges facing higher education.“

Read more about Weatherton and her work at ORE, and find more stories about graduate students at Graduate Student Life.