Rotary Student of the Month (March 2014)
Jacob Odekirk was born and raised in St. Maries, Idaho. After graduating high school in 2006, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served with 1st
Marines deploying to Iraq in 2007 and 2009. He started independent study classes through University of Idaho during his second deployment and continued with independent study until his end of service. After leaving active duty in June 2010, he enrolled at University of Idaho to pursue a B.S. in Environmental Science. Upon graduation in 2012, Jacob was accepted into the Professional Science Masters in Environmental Science. Jacob will graduate in May.
During the school year, Jacob has worked at the Kootenai County Veteran Service Office in Post Falls assisting Veterans pursuing higher education. In the summers, he works throughout north Idaho with aquatic invasive species for the Idaho State Department of Agriculture. Upon graduation, he hopes to continue to work with various challenges relating to aquatic ecosystems.
Chris Dixon, advisor for the UI environmental science program, says that Jacob built on coursework he took in the Marines, and with great perseverance and attention to detail, he graduated with a very strong GPA in his bachelor’s program. He was immediately accepted into the Professional Science Master’s Program. His focus on environmental contamination and hazardous waste management builds on his experiences in the Marines and his concerns for the future.