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​The Department is always happy to recognize the accomplishments of our Graduate Students both past and present so this page is dedicated to a little "horn tooting" as we proudly share their stories.

Sarah Blakeslee recipient of the 2012 CLAS Outstanding Graduate Student Award  (12/6/12)

Sarah Blakeslee, M.S. student in Diana Tomback’s lab, has been chosen as one of the 2012 CLAS Outstanding Graduate Students for the Fall Semester.  The award was given to the recipients based on Teaching FCQ’s, Letters from faculty, the student’s transcripts and personal statements highlighting achievements and future career directions.

Sarah's personal statement clearly illustrates why the Awards Committee chose her for this award as she tells us of being the first person from her family to graduate from college, being a member of the US National Rifle Team and representing the United States in the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece, and the discovery of her passion for the field of Ecology while working towards her undergraduate degree.

As a part of Diana Tomback's whitbark pine research team Sarah has participated in a National Science Foundation funded project focused on investigating the facilitative treeline roles of whitebark pine, a conifer currently listed as a candidate for endangered species. For the past three summers she has navigated steep, rocky mountain slopes in Montana while monitoring whitebark pine in an effort to learn more about its specific tree island formation roles.

Sarah will be graduating at the end of the 2012 fall semester and plans on pursuing instructor positions at UCCS and Pikes Peak Community College. She is also excited about the possibility of working as a biologist for agencies such as Colorado Parks and Wildlife or the US Forest Service.