Student Snapshot February 2014
Nicholas DiRienzo, 5th year, Animal Behavior
I grew up in: The Chicago suburbs
Biology because: I took a non-traditional path through college, and I had several fantastic biology instructors who hooked me on the subject.
Davis because: There is really no better place to study animal behavior than UC Davis, so the decision was easy.
UCD in six words or less: Unexpected directions
Favorite life form: One of my study species, Latrodectus hesperus, the western black widow spider
Favorite local spot: The Beer Shoppe
Proudest accomplishment: Surviving a winter in Oulu, Finland
Future plans: Postdoc, hopefully followed by getting a tenure-track position. If that fails, opening a barbecue restaurant.
Jennifer Hofmann, Exercise Biology '14
I grew up in: Moraga, a small town in the Bay Area
Biology because: There is nothing more relevant or intriguing than understanding how the human body's complex systems function.
Davis because: I love the downtown atmosphere, the biking community and the happiness within the student population.
UCD in six words or less: Fast-paced, challenging, lively, self-reflective, adventure-filled
Favorite life form: Great white shark
Favorite local spot: Delta of Venus
Proudest accomplishment: Winning the Women's Intercollegiate Club Lacrosse National Championship
Future plans: Pediatric dentist. But before dental school, I plan to explore new cities, travel internationally and find a job that is out of my comfort zone.