Many Thanks to Our Undergraduate Interns!

This photo shows two young women in a public school classroom.
Left to right: Farha Sharmin and Kate Hennion visited Eastern Elementary/Middle School to talk to kindergarten children about surveys, interviews, and data.

Our 2019-2020 undergraduate student interns deserve many words of thanks and congratulations.

Kate Hennion, a junior biological sciences major with a minor in professional and technical writing, served as our spring intern and is continuing to work with us (from a distance) this summer. Hennion helped document ComSciCon-VA Tech 2020 events, served as assistant during some of our Girls Launch! kindergarten science visits, and coordinated the spring semester kindergarten visitors. She also recruited and organized the graduate student participants for our collaborative science writing project with the English department; the resulting spotlight feature stories can be seen on our center website Research stories page. Hennion is a pre-med student and has another year of study at Virginia Tech ahead of her. She is currently studying for the MCAT. Thanks, Kate, and good luck!

This photo shows a young Caucasian woman with dark hair holding a camera and smiling at the photographer. Behind her are palm fronds.
Lauren Holt with her camera, which she deployed at many CCS events during her internship. Photo courtesy of Lauren Holt.

Senior Lauren Holt, a double major in sustainable biomaterials and professional and technical writing, served as our fall 2019 intern. Holt wrote for this newsletter, played an essential role in organizing the Nutshell Games, used her photography skills to record center events, and helped with the center’s social media platforms. She graduated in May and has moved to Hawaii, where she has family roots and job opportunities. Holt also worked for Virginia Tech Publishing during her last year of studies and is continuing working remotely through the summer. She took a lead role in several copy editing projects with VT Publishing as well as typesetting projects on InDesign.

Lauren, thanks for your cheerful smile and all your work, congratulations on your graduation from Virginia Tech, and best wishes for a future that makes good use of your communication skills!


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