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WWU graduate student Kathleen McKeegan on a boat in Antarctica

Kathleen McKeegan is a first-year graduate student of biology who studies harbor seal predation and mitigation. She is a recipient of a $26,000 Graduate Student Research Award from the North Pacific Research Board. She won the Washington Sea Grant Communications Fellowship for 2021, and she is the recipient of the WWU Graduate Research Award for her thesis on Targeted Acoustic Startle Technology and harbor seals. WWU Professor of Biology Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez is McKeegan's advisor.

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Since Perseverance landed on the Red Planet, Western students in geology, physics, and engineering have been working directly with NASA to test spacecraft instruments, help operate the rover, and analyze data from Mars.

WWU graduate student Hannah Hein flying a drone above Padilla Bay

Western Washington University graduate student Hannah Hein studied the vast rolling prairies of her native Minnesota as an undergrad at St. Olaf College – and she has now shifted her research focus to a vital underwater grassland, the critically important eelgrass meadows of the Pacific Northwest, and specifically those found in Skagit County’s Padilla Bay. 

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WWU graduate student Hannah Fisher, smiling, with cliff face in background

The master’s program in Biology at Western was a good choice for me. The research culture at WWU is collaborative rather than competitive. And one of the best features of it that has translated to my work at Northwest Pathology as well is being able to do investigative research and have ownership over it. It’s been amazing to be able to decide which offshoot of biology is the right one for me, whether that’s more clinical or research based. Having this experience where I can work on my research project and I can have a job at NWpath really lets all of that skillset come together. It helps me make a better decision about what I want to do with my future.

Hannah Fisher
Graduate Student in Biology
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The Western audiology experience has given me more than I could have imagined. Is it hard? Absolutely! However, WWU audiology is setting a high standard that I believe rivals the most prestigious of audiology programs. I’m very proud to be a part of such a great group of people.

Steve Brazel
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Mayra Delgado in a chemistry laboratory

During her graduate studies, Mayra Delgado enjoyed many roles: researcher and author, student and teacher, and mentor and mentee. She published five articles on her research, including three as the first author. She was also able to pass along her knowledge as a teaching assistant and mentor.

Mayra Delgado
MS Chemistry, 2017

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