Student Interns: Many Thanks to Hayley Oliver; Welcome, Lauren Holt!

This photo shows a young African American woman in a kindergarten classroom. The backs of two childrens heads are also in the photo.
Spring 2019 CCS intern Hayley Oliver taught Giles County kindergarten students about science.

Our spring semester undergraduate student intern, Hayley Oliver, has graduated–both from her internship and from Virginia Tech. Congratulations, Hayley!

While working with us at the Center for Communicating Science, Hayley attended and helped out at the first-ever ComSciCon-Virginia Tech, attended and served as doorkeeper at our experimental Improvisation Laboratory events, designed a flyer for the center, traveled to Eastern Elementary School three times to participate in our Girls Launch! kindergarten science visits project, and wrote newsletter stories for the center (you’ve seen her work here!). In addition, she played an important role in the center’s collaborative project with the English department’s science writing course, providing editing suggestions and feedback for the undergraduate student writers’ profiles of graduate student researchers.

Many thanks, Hayley! And best wishes in your future endeavors!

Senior Lauren Holt, from Clifton, Virginia, has joined the Center for Communicating Science as our fall semester undergraduate intern. Double majoring in sustainable biomaterials and professional and technical writing, Lauren worked for VT Publishing in University Libraries over the summer and is eager to apply her writing, editing, social media, and photography skills to center activities and events. Lauren loves photography and has had her own photography business for four years. She frequently volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and is a member of the Nepal team of Service without Borders. Welcome, Lauren!

We’ve also heard exciting news from former interns: Luci Finucan, who graduated in December of 2018 and has been working at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia, is beginning a master’s program at Marshall University. Luci will continue at Green Bank and plans to earn a master’s degree in education with an individualized program of study focused on science communication. And Kendall Daniels, who interned with us during fall semester 2018 and graduated in May, worked part-time in communications with the Fralin Life Science Institute over the summer and is now working there full-time as communications assistant and social media manager. Our very first intern, Nicole Elbin, is now living in Asheville, North Carolina, and writing her first novel. Congratulations and best wishes to Luci, Kendall, and Nicole!

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