Today’s graduating student spotlight is Elizabeth Dautel! Elizabeth is graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Engineering. During her time at the University of Florida, Elizabeth gained developed a strong method for problem solving and critical thinking. After graduation, Elizabeth will be pursuing a position in ecosystem restoration, green city planning, or sustainable crop production and, later, graduate school. Read more about Elizabeth’s UF ABE experience this Q&A.
Collaborating with students and faculty across many disciplines and gaining experience working with highly motivated people, becoming involved with UF Field and Fork organic farm as an intern, and working in the Smith Mycology Lab as a research assistant.
UF Agricultural and Biological Engineering helped me with a variety of useful skill sets including sustainable crop production and microbiological lab work. I feel confident in leadership positions and I felt I was well integrated into working successfully in a team setting. I have developed a strong method for problem solving and critical thinking thanks to the many courses which required these skills.
Robin Snyder was an incredibly supportive and helpful adviser and mentor during my time at UF. I always felt comfortable reaching out to her for help and she consistently exceeded my expectations. Dr. William Pelletier also helped me make connections between industry and my academic peers and provided advice and tips about working in industry.
I plan to go into a full time position in ecosystem restoration, green city planning, or sustainable crop production and hopefully apply to a graduate program in the future.
Reach out to your peers and advisers for as much help as possible! I found many easier ways to tackle issues during my time as an undergraduate by reaching out to people who have experienced these situations before.