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Wildland Multicultural Scholars: Scholarships to sustain, restore and protect the future

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Meet Our Scholars

We are proud to introduce you to HSU's first group of Wildland Scholars, sponsored by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture - National Insitute of Food and Agriculture (foremerly CSREES). The purpose of this program is to increase the multicultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce. Program areas include forestry, rangeland resources management and wildland soil science.

Omar Becerra

Omar Becerra

Major: Forestry
Places Lived: Mexico, Reedley, CA

Why this major: I chose forestry as my major because I grew up working with my dad as a gardener. I would go every time I had a chance. I am one of those people that prefer to work outdoors, because I can't see myself in a well-dressed working environment in an office and seeing the same people every day. I would rather work outside and enjoy the things Mother Nature created. With this major I intend to become a wildland firefighter. Another reason is the fact that I like to travel and as a fire fighter we travel all over the place putting out fires. I had a summer of experience in Lake Tahoe as a fire fighter and I really enjoyed working because that's what I would like as my career.

Five years from now: In five years I see myself with a full time job as a fire fighter, living in a beautiful house with my wife and traveling around the world visiting places.

First impressions of HSU and Humboldt County: I liked Humboldt State since the first day I got here because it was the number one school I wanted to attend. It also was the best school for my major. I also liked the weather because where I came from the weather is super hot, and up here it's nice and fresh just the way I like it. I'm a big fan of the cold weather and that's why I chose this school. I like Humboldt county because it is a small county that I can get used to, and Arcata is pretty close to the university.

Frank Bojorquez

Frank Bojorquez

Major: Forestry
Places Lived: Fairfield and Ventura, CA

Why this major: I want to be a Wildland fire fighter and I believe this degree will help me work my way up into management.

Five years from now: I hope to be working for the California Department of Forestry in Southern California, where we get plenty of wildfires.

First impressions of HSU and Humboldt County: The temperature is about the same as home. It is much greener her though. The town is smaller and the people seem friendly.

Lauren Lee

Lauren Lee

Major: Forestry
Places Lived: Redding and Los Angeles, CA, New York City, NY

Why this major: I care about forest health; it is something that is a passion for me. I also love being in the woods

Five years from now: I think I will be living in Oregon and working as a forester.

First impressions of HSU and Humboldt County: It is a very nice area to live and go to school.

Guillermo Sereno

Guillermo Sereno

Major: Forestry
Places Lived: Stockton, CA

Why this major: I chose forestry because of my love of the outdoors.

Five years from now: Hopefully I will be working and enjoying life.

First impressions of HSU and Humboldt County: HSU is a really nice campus with a lot of friendly people. Humboldt County has a lot of pretty scenery.

Jonathan Szecsei

Jonathan Szecsei

Major: Forestry
Places Lived: Las Vegas NV, Los Angeles and Orange County, CA

Why this major: I love the forest and I love working outdoors…you can't go wrong.

Five years from now: I will be taking soil samples, GPS coordinates and probably a lot of surveying while living fully self-contained on a farm. I hope to change government policies to help people take pride in a clean environment.

First impressions of HSU and Humboldt County: I love the area. The perfect coastal climate and the view of stars on the mountains is awe inspiring.

Stephanie Talamantes

Stephanie Talamantes

Major: Wildland Soils
Places Lived: Folsom, CA

Why this major: I chose the Soils major because I enjoy environmental science.

Five years from now: I hope to be working or going to graduate school.

First impressions of HSU and Humboldt County: It is a beautiful area, the people here are very friendly and laid back, but it is a little cold.

Katie Tenneson

Katie Tenneson

Major: Rangeland Resource
Places Lived: Weaverville, CA

Why this major: Range is a very diverse subject. It gives me the ability to work with not only range-related issues but forestry, soils, water, fire, etc.

Five years from now: Hopefully graduating from HSU and taking a job offer with the Natural Resource Conservation Service as a Range Conservationist.

First impressions of HSU and Humboldt County: I love it! It is so close to my hometown (2 hours) but just far enough away to where I can grow myself as an independent individual.

Hai Hong Vuong

Hai Hong Vuong

Major: Forestry
Places Lived: Saigon, Vietnam, San Francisco, CA, Lake Charles LA, Tucson AZ

Why this major: I chose this major because of my love of nature and I like to work outdoors. I believe I will be successful in this career.

Five years from now: I will be a graduate student or I will become an American forester working for the U.S.D.A.

First impressions of HSU and Humboldt County: HSU and Humboldt are great environments for studying and enjoying life.

Meet the Faculty

Susan Edinger-Marshall

Susan Edinger Marshall
Professor Rangeland Resources and Wildland Soils

Wildland Scholar Program Director.

 
 
Han-Sup Han

Han-Sup Han
Associate Professor of Forest Operations and Engineering

Wildland Scholar advisor and Colloquium instructor, Forest Operations, Biofuels Research

 
 
Andrew Stubblefield

Andrew Stubblefield
Assistant Professor Hydrology and Watershed Management

Wildland Scholar advisor and Colloquium instructor, Watershed Hydrology

 
 
Morgan Varner

Morgan Varner
Associate Professor of Wildland Fire Science

Wildland Scholar advisor and Colloquium instructor - Fire Ecology and Fire Science

 
 

Lisa Perry

College of Natural Resources Recruiter, Colloquium instructor

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