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Elizabeth Datillo: 2013 Co-Outstanding Graduate in Marine Biology

Elizabeth Datillo, Co-Outstanding Graduate — Marine Bio“Elizabeth Datillo is an outstanding student in Marine Biology because of her strong GPA (she is graduating cum laude) and her great attention to detail.  Elizabeth is also an excellent UAS community member and takes part in Cleaning up Beaches Events and has helped in low tide explorations. Elizabeth has an excellent work ethic and also finds time to help other students with their field projects in her spare time.  She has lived in remote and rural areas of Alaska (Barrow) and she has matured quite a bit since her first class in Fundamentals of Biology.  We look forward to hearing about her next goals in academics.” — Sherry Tamone, Professor of Biology

I have lived in rural areas of Alaska since I started high school and love it. I applied to several large private universities and had the option of attending a university in Hawaii. I felt they weren’t the right choice for me. When I found out about UAS I knew, without a doubt, that I would be coming here for the Marine Biology program, which has always been of great interest to me.

I have been able to get a real sense of community at UAS through my wonderful classmates and professors. The smaller class size has afforded me a more personal and meaningful learning experience. Under the guidance of my professors, I have conducted my own research projects. I love being so near the ocean that I can explore it often. I have learned so much in and out of the classroom. I am and always will be grateful for my experiences here.

I hope to work with marine animals and improve their well being. I have been exploring the idea of working in a marine rescue center as a veterinarian and have spent my last semester at UAS working at a veterinary hospital in Juneau. At this point I am considering veterinary medicine, but intend to gain more varied and broad work experience.

Elizabeth is a UA Scholar.

UAS' 2013 Juneau Commencement will be held May 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the UAS Recreation Center.

Student Speaker Link

Crystal Rogers is receiving her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Independent Design, focusing on the art, language, government and history of indigenous and Western societies in Alaska, with a minor in Tlingit.

Learn more about Crystal Rogers, this year's student speaker at the UAS Commencement in Juneau on May 6th.