Congratulations to EWU McNair Scholar Rachael Pentico. Rachael has been accepted by the McCall Outdoor Science School at the University of Idaho in the Masters of Natural Resources Program. Rachael is majoring in Biology at Eastern Washington University. She also spent time at Spokane Falls Community College where she focused on economics, with an emphasis on environmental policy. Her interests and research focus is on ecology and how invasive species and anthropogenic climate change will affect different ecosystems. She is also a research assistant in Dr. Rebecca Brown's lab that is focused on restoring a section of the Palouse Prairie. For her 2020 EWU McNair Summer Research Internship, with the continued mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Brown, Rachael completed her study Differences in Plant Soil Feedbacks with Respect to Slope Aspect and has now presented it at the EWU Symposium, the Baylor McNair Research Conference, and the Murdock College Science Research Conference. Rachael plans to attain her PhD and become a professor where she can mentor students.
The EWU McNair staff are so excited for Rachael and we know she'll do amazing things at whichever PhD program she decides to attend! Click here to read more about Rachael or her research.