Stacy HanvyBiology Undergraduate Biochem Concentration Tennessee Technological University Cookeville, Tn
Major Concentration Statement • My name is Stacy Hanvy. I transferred from Austin Peay State University in fall 2001. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a veterinarian. I have worked in a vet’s office during breaks and on weekends for about three years. I have a variety of pets, and I am especially fascinated by exotics. As a matter of fact, I hope to specialize in exotic pets. However, I was hesitant to enroll in the pre-vet curriculum because it is based so heavily on agriculture classes. While I may have enjoyed the classes, I understand how hard it is to get into vet school. If I am unable to get into vet school, I think a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Biochemistry would be more useful to me than a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. It leaves other options, such as pharmacy school, available to me. • I learned in the first lecture in BIOL 1000, that both the chemistry department and the biology department have biochem concentrations in their degree programs. I took a close look at both and there is little difference between them. As a matter of fact, the only differences I could find was that the chemistry program required Biol 4220 in place of Math 3070 and didn’t require this course. Also, the first lecture prompted me to check what major I was listed under (I had tried to change from pre-pharmacy to pre-med the first year I was here, but for some reason it wasn’t changed in the computer) and I was listed as pre-med but also as a non-degree student, which gives me something else to check. I have thought about it and I see nothing wrong with the concentration I selected but the lecture was still helpful and learning about the new course requirements was interesting. I still have questions, but now I know Dr. Combs won’t mind helping me with them.
Club Statement • After the presentations by several groups last Thursday, I thought about which one’s I would like to join. The first club, which Kris Bolin talked about, was the Upper Cumberland Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology. I was interested in this club because biology has been a life-long interest of mine and conservation is a growing interest. In addition to gaining experience and contacts (not to mention it looks good on resumes and professional school applications), I think this club gives something back. I would like to join to help improve the community and the land surrounding it and to help educate others on the importance of conservation, while being educated myself. • Another club I would be interested in joining is the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society and for many of the reasons I’ve already mentioned. It could be a learning experience and could help prepare me for a future career. In addition, the trips and projects could be fun and provided some much needed stress relief. The other clubs seem more oriented to fisheries sciences, which isn’t one of my top interests.
Internship Opportunities • Title: Biodiversity Intern • Location: Massachusetts Audubon Society, Lincoln, MA • Start Date: June, 2003 (but flexible) • End Date: August, 2003 (or 12 weeks from start date) • Contact: Taber Allison • Description of Position • The Conservation Science Division of the Massachusetts Audubon Society is conducting detailed and comprehensive inventories of terrestrial and vascular plants, breeding birds, amphibians, ants, and odonates on its 30,000 acre sanctuary system. These inventories will provide a scientifically grounded baseline of the biodiversity of these key taxa to enable us to answer several questions about our sanctuary system. These questions include: 1) are our sanctuaries representative of the diversity of these taxa in Massachusetts and 2) do our sanctuary ecological management practices protect these taxa? The Biodiversity Intern’s primary responsibility will be conducting these inventories. The Intern will also work with other Mass Audubon staff on surveys of invasive species and monitoring of state-listed species. • Intern Responsibilities • Conduct biological inventories on selected Mass Audubon sanctuaries in areas of taxonomic expertise. • Work with Mass Audubon Regional Scientists in monitoring state-listed taxa and in identifying exemplary natural communities on Mass Audubon sanctuaries. • Update and maintain biological inventory database in consultation with Mass Audubon regional scientist. • Assist Regional Scientists with invasive species inventory • Assist Regional Scientists with sanctuary ecological management. • Qualifications • B. A. or B. S. in Biology (preferred) with strong fieldwork or coursework experience in ecology. • Strong identification skills for at least one of the taxa described above. • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated, but also work effectively in a team environment. • Strong research and quantitative skills. • Knowledge of MS Excel and Word required; experience with MS Access and ArcView desirable. • Should have valid drivers license and access to a car. • Experience in ecology. • Strong identification skills for at least one of the taxa described above. • http://forest.fnr.umass.edu/foreststudent/text/MAS%20Internship%20Opportunity.htmhttp://forest.fnr.umass.edu/foreststudent/text/MAS%20Internship%20Opportunity.htm
Internship Opportunities Cont. • Cedar Creek Natural History Area, University of Minnesota • Contact Information: • Dr. Clarence L. Lehman • University of Minnesota • 100 Ecology Building • 1987 Upper Buford Circle • St. Paul, MN 55108 • PLEASE DIRECT QUESTIONS TO: firstname.lastname@example.org • For more information visit: http://cedarcreek.umn.edu/interns or http://lter.umn.edu/interns Internship Experience: Various field research opportunities. Interns will contribute to on-going ecological research projects: learning to identify plant species, estimating species abundances, collect soil samples, maintain experimental areas, etc. Expect strenuous and demanding work that is also very rewarding. There are also opportunities to initiate your own independent research projects. • compensation: $8.25/hr, housing is available for $140 per month • application: Send: (1) a letter describing a) how this position would help you achieve your career goals, b) your work experience, c) dates you are available, d) minority status (optional), e) email address, (2) a resume (maximum 2 pages), (3) a copy of your unofficial transcripts, (4) 2 letters of recommendation. • deadline: around March 18 • http://vms.www.uwplatt.edu/~biology/interinfo.htmlhttp://vms.www.uwplatt.edu/~biology/interinfo.html
Internship Opportunities Cont. • Eagle Valley Nature Preserve, Kohler Company • Internship Experience: Various field research opportunities. Internships expose students to the rigors and rewards of maintaining a wildlife refuge. Tasks may include bird, mammal, and other animal surveys, data entry, habitat maintenance, boundary patrols, and more. Expect strenuous and demanding work that is also very rewarding. Contact to inquire about internship opportunities. • Contact Information: • Brett Mandernack • Preserve Director • Eagle Valley Nature Preserve • 8411 Duncan Road • Glen Haven, WI 53810 • Phone: 608-794-2373 • Fax: 608-794-2373 • compensation: variable • application: contact Preserve Director or talk to Dr. Kris Wright • deadline: variable • http://vms.www.uwplatt.edu/~biology/interinfo.htmlhttp://vms.www.uwplatt.edu/~biology/interinfo.html
Resume • Stacy Hanvy • 274 East 12th St. • Cookeville, TN/USA 38501 • Home Phone (931) 526-7172 • OBJECTIVE: To gain further work experience and increase my knowledge of veterinary medicine by working closely with doctors and staff and speaking with patients to gain an understanding of their needs. • QUALIFICATIONS: Three years experience at a large private practice. Good communication skills and a life long interest in animals and their care. Strong educational background in biology and experience in raising a variety of animals. Especially interested in exotic animals. • EDUCATION • Currently Senior Biology Undergraduate, Tennessee Technological University • 1994-1998 High School Diploma, Greenbrier High School • EMPLOYMENT • 1999-2003 Receptionist, Goodlettsville Animal Hospital • Customer service, data entry, billing, filing, answering phones, general office duties; always willing to help in other areas (treatment, boarding, grooming, etc. and often did). • 1998-1999 Undergraduate assistant, Austin Peay State University • Catalogingspecimens, care of captive specimens, occasionally restrained alligator snapping turtles for marking by herpetology professor.
Ethics Statement • Preamble: A code of ethics is a fundamental guideline for the professional conduct of veterinarians. The following is a list of ethical standards veterinarians and their staff. • · Work to improve and maintain the health of patients • · Consider the best interests of the pet foremost, the wishes of the owner secondly, and personal interests lasts • · Treatment should be to the purpose of the alleviating suffering while causing a minimum of distress • · Discuss costs and make financial arrangements before treatment if feasible, otherwise treat serious injury or illness even if you are not assured complete reimbursement • · Comply with all laws and regulations that concern the treatment of pets and livestock • · Report abuse or neglect if suspected • · Be respectful to clients and co-workers, and when necessary, criticize staff in a constructive manner • · Strive to educate pet owners about responsible ownership and good pet care • · Always give an honest diagnosis and advise owners on all treatment options, and only if absolutely necessary discuss euthanasia • · Members of the veterinary profession should also be good citizens and support and promote community programs and institutions which benefit pets and their owners • Useful Links: • http://www.accd.edu/pac/studact/Vettechclub/codeofethics.html • http://www.apa.org/science/anguide.html • http://bustadb141.vetmed.wsu.edu/vm591/avmaethics.html