Erin Wessely

Senior, Biology (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)
Scholar Athlete on the A.D.’s Honor Roll
Fourth on KU Top Outdoor Performance List (women’s pole vault)
Conducts independent research in a plant physiology lab

Other Achievements or Honors

I’m currently working as lab technician in Dr. Craig Martin’s lab, as well as conducting an independent study project on various CAM species.

What led you to your area of study/field of interest?

I have always held an intense interest in nature. I love plants and animals, and have become increasingly interested in the intricate workings of the natural world.

What honor, achievement or accomplishment is most meaningful to you? Why?

It is most meaningful to me to be able to excel in both education and as a collegiate athlete. Both are very important aspects of my life, and balancing these two responsibilities has improved my performance in both, and has instilled in me an independent hard working character. The two together require discipline and a great passion for learning.

Who has been influential or had a significant impact on your life?

My parents are a constant encouragement and are both examples of people who have followed their dreams and found success. They support all of my efforts both in the classroom and on the track. Dr. Craig Martin, my advisor has inspired me to pursue my love of research. He has opened my eyes to so many possibilities and pushes me to attain my goals. It was through working with Dr. Martin that I realized I wanted to be a professor.

What is your definition of success?

David McCullough wrote “Real success is finding your lifework in the work you love.” If you can find work that you are truly passionate about, you will enjoy giving 110%, and that will always produce success.



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