B.S. Health and Exercise Science/Sports Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO.
When Jyoti first got into MOSS she wanted to do collegiate recreation programming. Through MOSS, Jyoti found that she loved Dr. Jan Eitel’s ecology class, and decided that she wanted to get back into research. The first step she took was to research faculty interests at the University of Idaho. She ended up contacting 15 different professors that do research. Once she had some feedback from interested professors, Jyoti came to Moscow and visited all of them. Of those professors, Jyoti picked Dr. Kelly Wendland who was interested in water quality in an international setting. Kelly did not have direct funding for this research, however. With the strong teaching skills she obtained at MOSS, Jyoti was able to land a coveted National Science Foundation GK12 position. Jyoti has a salary of $30,000/year plus health insurance and a tuition waiver of $10,331 through GK12. Jyoti’s advice to prospective students? “Don't be afraid to start early, contact people directly, contact as many people as possible that have similar interests as yours. Be specific when explaining your interests. MOSS has a really good reputation at UI so that really helps when talking with faculty.”