SOMETHING TO BUILD ON
At first, you may not see the relationship between cabinetmaking skills and what it takes to earn a master’s degree in entomology. But for HTC graduate Lindsey Christianson, the attention to detail and ability to take accurate measurements that were so important in the cabinetmaking program were exactly what stood out when she was applying for a research assistant position at the University of Minnesota.
“I started research with my current advisor while I was still an undergraduate, and one of the reasons I was chosen for the position was because of my time at HTC and the skills I learned there,” explains Christianson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife at the university, where she is currently working toward a Master of Science degree in entomology, the scientific study of insects.
“I loved it,” says Christianson of her experience in cabinetmaking at HTC. “It’s a great program.” A native of Mohall, N.D., Christianson graduated from HTC in 2007. “The instructors at HTC were great about noticing if a student needed some extra help.” She appreciated that fact since she had no experience with woodworking before enrolling in the program. While she didn’t pursue cabinetmaking as a career, she enjoys it as a hobby.
As she works toward her master’s degree, Christianson is involved in research related to the emerald ash borer and ways to delay its spreading further in Minnesota. In particular, she says, researchers are trying to determine where the insect will move next. Researchers are worried about the insect’s effect on the large numbers of black ash trees in the northern forests of Minnesota. As Christianson notes with a laugh, her friends tease her about the fact that she first got training in a field that uses wood and what she’s working on now concentrates on saving trees.
Christianson will complete her master’s degree in 2013 and is considering continuing her education to earn a doctorate in entomology. In addition, she’s looking into opportunities with the Peace Corps. She credits her experience at HTC for her success in making connections to be a guest lecturer at other local community and technical colleges. “As a graduate student, I don’t have the ability to make a donation yet,” says Christianson, “but I do want the college to know that I appreciate what my time there has allowed me to do.”
Last updated by jhanson : 2015-02-21 13:49:55