B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Luke had worked at a number of outdoor science schools before deciding to revisit college and work towards a Master’s degree. He explored a few different options for graduate school, and for several reasons (cost and funding opportunities being among them) decided to attend MOSS. In addition to the stipend provided by MOSS, Luke accepted a position as a Marketing Assistant while in residence at the McCall campus. He presented at conferences, updated social media, coordinated webinars, produced promotional vides, and fielded calls and interviews with potential MOSS graduate students. While in Moscow, Luke landed a Research Assistantship working with the Science Communication division of Yellowstone National Park. Professor Patrick Wilson oversees the position, but it is a largely autonomous position. Additionally, Luke was able to keep his RA position for one semester after graduation. Overall, the RA position paid about $5,000 each semester for two semesters and also waived the out of state tuition costs. In total, Luke was able to secure roughly $17,000 in additional funding throughout his experience with MOSS. Advice: Be curious. Ask around and let people know that you are interested in TA or RA positions.