Makenna Tabino Selected as an EWU McNair Scholar and Awarded Summer Research Internship

Makenna Tabino SelectedCongratulations to new McNair Scholar Makenna Tabino! Makenna was selected by the McNair Scholars’ selection committee on the basis of her passion for research, commitment to attaining a PhD, and overall potential for success in graduate school.

The federally-funded TRIO Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program at EWU selects motivated and talented juniors and seniors who are first-generation and low-income college students, and/or from groups underrepresented at the doctoral level to introduce them to academic research and provide them with effective strategies for getting into and graduating from PhD programs.

Makenna will graduate from Eastern Washington University with a B.S. in Biology (Wildlife Management Track). As a Running Start student, she spent her last two years of high school attending EWU as a full-time student. She is passionate about ecology and conservation, especially in regards to wetlands. Some of her interests include restoration ecology, wetland management, and community (multi-species) interactions.

She is currently working on a research project with her mentor, department chair Dr. Rebecca Brown, to investigate the long-term effectiveness of aquatic mowing on maintaining wetland vegetative diversity. This project is a collaboration with the nonprofit Ducks Unlimited, and it is being led by manager of conservation programs Chris Bonsignore.

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