After her graduation from New Roots in 2016, Rosy attended Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In 2020, she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in plant evolution and systematics. While at Cornell, she also taught tree climbing for Cornell Outdoor Education, completed a minor in botanical illustration, and conducted fieldwork in Suriname, Costa Rica, Argentina, and Chile. She currently works as a research technician and lab manager in the Chery Lab at Cornell, where her research focuses on the evolution and anatomy of woody vines. In fall 2021, she will start her PhD in plant biology at Michigan State University. Rosy thanks New Roots for fostering her creativity and encouraging her to be an independent learner. Her New Roots teachers always adhered to the philosophy that every subject was important, learnable and fun. Her New Roots teachers never discouraged her from exploring her passions and that left her well positioned to succeed in college!
Rosy’s awards: Dean’s List for eight semesters, Young Botanist Award, Botanical Society of America, 2020 For “excellence and outstanding scholarship for the advancement of knowledge in the botanical sciences”, Merrill Presidential Scholar, Cornell University, 2020 For “outstanding scholastic achievement, strong leadership ability, and demonstrated potential for contributing to society”, SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, State University of New York, 2020 For “successfully integrating academic excellence with leadership, athletics, community service, and the arts”, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Excellence Award, Cornell University, 2020 For highest cumulative GPA in the major