Brooke Davis ’16, an organismal biology and ecology major and film minor from Darien, Connecticut, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in behavioral ecology, possibly specializing in marine mammals. Her studies at Colorado College have been supported by the Crown-Goodman Scholarship Award, Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Endowed Scholarship for International Studies, and the Stephanie and Ed Benton Endowed Scholarship. Having the scholarship support necessary to attend CC is paying off. She became one of only 260 students in 2015 nationally to receive a prestigious Barry Goldwater scholarship, which encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Davis says that CC has provided her with a good work ethic and approach, particularly in the sciences where nearly every biology class involved her developing a research idea, performing research, and presenting it orally and in written form. She found her CC training especially valuable when doing independent research on a larger scale abroad.

“I was consistently one step ahead of students from other schools because CC had prepared me to be a good scientist,” she says. “As a result, my research from my study abroad in Tanzania is now being published!”

“Impala and olive baboons associate for feeding and security in Taragnire National Park, Tanzania” is in review to be a note in the African Journal of Ecology.

Davis is grateful that the scholarships not only made attending CC possible, but will permit her to graduate with less debt.

“This will allow me much more flexibility after graduation, and I will hopefully be able to do what I want to do as opposed to something I have to do to pay down debts,” she says.

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