Lauren Smith

Graduate Student - Invertebrate Ecology

The NIFA Fellowship has been a very enriching experience.  It has allowed me to learn not only within my own discipline but across many other disciplines related to agriculture and has provided me with the skills I believe I need to be a successful scientist”… Lauren Smith


B.A., Environmental Science, 2010  Wheaton College, Norton, MA & Duke University, Costa Rica

M.S., Ecology, 2013 The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 

Ph.D., anticipated in Wildlife Science, 2017 Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR


USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Graduate Fellowship 2013-2015

USDA Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Graduate Student Grant, 2015, $25,000

Soil and Water Conservation Society Kenneth E. Grant Research Scholarship, 2015, $300

Prairie Biotic Small Research Grant, 2015, $1000

Society for Ecological Restoration Northwest Region Student Travel Award, 2014, $390

The Nature Conservancy Oren Pollak Memorial Student Research Grant for Grassland Science, 2014, $4,000

USDA NIFA National Needs Graduate Fellowship, “Promoting Diverse Ecosystem Services in

Critical Zone Science Seed Grant, “Filling Gaps in the Aboveground C budget of the SSHCZO,” 2013, $7,173

Clinton V. MacCoy Prize in Ecology, Student with a Promising Future in Ecology, 2010, $1,000

Wheaton Travel Grant, “Coyote and Deer Movement on a Barrier Beach,” 2010, $400

Wheaton College Trustee Academic Scholarship for an out-of-class learning experience, 2007, $4,000

Wheaton College Alumni-Student Interaction Scholarship, 2006-2010, $40,000

Fred C. Lynam Academic Scholarship, 2006-2010, $8,000

College of the Atlantic “Save the Whales” Scholarship, 2006, $1,000

Northeast Harbor Library Academic Scholarship, 2007-2010, $4,000

NASE Future Entrepreneur Scholarship, 2006, $4,000




HOMETOWN: Seal Harbor, Maine