Biological Sciences Ph.D. Student Named Outstanding Graduate
Michael Webber, who earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, will be honored as an outstanding graduate at the 2014 Spring Commencement.
The sight of scorpions and snakes causes most to run, but not Webber. Even as a child, the Las Vegas native was fascinated by venomous creatures of the night. So it’s fitting that the Mojave High School grad, who already has an undergraduate degree from UNLV in biology, earns a Ph.D. for work that shines new light on the life history of the Arizona bark scorpion. Webber graduates with an impressive 3.97 GPA and already has seven research articles to her name, including work as co-author on a landmark discovery of a new scorpion species in Death Valley. Her accomplishments also include earning a highly competitive Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation, the Wolzinger Family Research Scholarship, and participation in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. A frequent guest speaker in classrooms and wildlife parks across the region, Webber hopes her excitement for science will provide a spark for kids to consider a career in the field.
Outstanding graduates were selected by UNLV President Donald Snyder following a campus-wide nomination process. Students were chosen based on outstanding academic achievements, community outreach and/or their ability to overcome adversity.