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Meet the graduates: Marie Abowd ’19

Marie Abowd

Marie Abowd

As we look back on Commencement, we’d like to share what some of our 2019 graduates are doing next! Marie Abowd ’19 is an environmental studies major who has been hired as a paid diversity outreach intern for the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Soil and Water Conservation.

Here’s what she had to say about what’s next, and how Randolph prepared her for life beyond the Red Brick Wall:

“I will be researching what other states, and potentially other countries, do with respect to environmental requirements and incentives, for properties with horses, especially on small lots. This work will help to inform the Agricultural Best Management Practice Technical Advisory Committee in developing proposed qualifications for a financial incentive program for small lot horse owners as well as best management practice specifications, designed for horses, to control soil erosion, manage horse manure, protect surface waters, and sustain vegetative cover.

My minor in equine studies made me their ‘number one choice’ for the equine conservation summer research project. My major in environmental studies made me a strong candidate with my senior research on wild herd management (thanks to the RISE grant) and my minor in biology further bolstered my knowledge of ecological impacts. My grant writing and reporting skills from RISE and the Rummage Room (grant from PepsiCo) also gave me a leg up in the field of applicants. Obviously a great liberal arts education also molded me to be a well-rounded graduate.”

Read about what’s next for more of our 2019 graduates at

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