Each semester outstanding senior awards are bestowed upon a single student, per major, in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. This Spring 2019 AREC's EWRE outstanding senior award recipient is Taylor Dew. Taylor was selected among several other EWRE nominees. The Department is especially proud of Taylor's undergraduate accomplishments and look forward to what is yet to come for Taylor, espeically as he begins UA's Master of Science in Agricultural & Resource Economics, Applied Econometrics and Data Analytics, Fall 2019. The images below were taken at the awards ceremony on May 3, 2019.
Below is taken from Taylor's nomination packet materials, you may see other CALS outstanding senior recipients at https://cals.arizona.edu/news/cals-spring-2019-outstanding-seniors
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am a native Tucsonan that enjoys being active with hiking in the Catalina mountain range. I graduated high school very uncertain about my educational path, and got by for a few years taking a few general classes from a community college. When I began the application process to the UA I was still uncertain so I scrolled through the many majors offered at the university to see if something appealed to my interest in the environment. When I discovered the degree Environmental and Water Resource Economics I was very intrigued by the description of the major. Every class I have taken has increased my enjoyment for my course of study and the fact that it is hard to articulate to other people what exactly I study gives me pleasure trying to explain.
What are your plans after you graduate?
I plan on continuing my graduate education with the AREC department pursuing a masters in data analysis.
Do you have a favorite memory from your time with CALS?
My favorite memory from my time with CALS was the two etiquette dinners I attended to network with professionals in similar areas of study.
Did you have an experience with CALS that made a big impact on your career or personal life?
The experience in AREC 403 data analysis class has significantly impact my career direction because I learned that I was very interested in data and that it was something I was naturally gifted at.
Have you won any awards, been in any clubs, or partaken in any leadership groups?
I am currently a member of the AREC club.
Did you participate in any undergraduate research opportunities or study abroad?
I participated in an undergraduate research opportunity with the RNR department.
Is there anything you would like to share with the next incoming class of students?
My words of wisdom for any incoming students are you will never get the full experience of the education by just going to class. The purpose of education is not just the lectures you are mandated to endure during your time here but the connections with students and faculty you should strive to make while pursuing your degree. That is the purpose of attending a University because it is not totally about what you know, it is also about who you know and how you know them.
Taylor Dew with Professor and AREC Dept. Head, Dr. Gary Thompson.
Taylor Dew poses for photo with the outstanding senior award.
Images by Taylor Dew.