Stephanie Estell’s biggest passion is the environment and learning how to protect it. She knew from day one that Ohio Northern was the place where she could set herself up for a successful future. She was looking for a program that allowed her to study her passion in the classroom and then apply it in the field and in the real world. Ohio Northern’s environmental biology program has set her up for success and the opportunity to continue learning at a higher level.
Over the course of four years, Stephanie has been able to participate in the Field Semester program, conduct research for three years, attend and present at two national conferences, and contribute to a paper that has been accepted for publication in a scientific journal.
Stephanie’s latest accomplishment is receiving a position with Oklahoma State University leading a research experience for undergraduates (REU) in which she conducted research under the direction of a professor at Oklahoma State. She worked in the field and in the lab and had the chance to present her research at a university symposium. “Without ONU and the remarkable professors I have worked with during my undergraduate career, I would have never had these opportunities.”
Stephanie’s biggest advice is to get heavily involved and take extra opportunities within your department. “You’ll be so much more prepared than if you just attended class and then went home.”