Ever since she was young, Alice Petruciolli has been fascinated by water and its animals. When trying to find a college that would be the right fit for her, Alice was looking for a campus that would offer a great marine biology program, as well as scholarship opportunities and a good student-to-teacher-ratio. At UW-Superior Alice found all that – and more.
“I have always dreamt of becoming a marine biologist,” said Alice, and credits UW-Superior for bringing her one step closer to her dream. Her instructor Dr. Edward Burkett has made a special impact on Alice. She said he always encouraged her to work hard in order to achieve her goals.
“I love all of my classes and have been able to learn so much,” she said, adding that thanks to her advisor in the biology department she had the chance to gain hands-on experience in her field this past summer.
Alice spent a month in Florida at the Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy (CMERA), attending lectures and performing research work on a ship, where she was able to study the DNA and behavior of different shark and ray species and learning more about their unique anatomic features and ecology.
Alice also is an involved member of the UW-Superior community. She works at the Academic Support Center and is part of the Club Volleyball team. Being an international student, one of her favorite parts about campus is that she had the opportunity to meet students from the United States as well as from many other countries and share her college experience with them.
“After a while you feel like you are part of a big family,” said Alice, adding that after only a few short days of orientation, and with the help of the Office of International Programs, she was able to make many new friends from all over the world.
“Being able to engage with people who have a different cultural background and learning about their unique stories made me really appreciate the diversity on our campus and opened my mind to different and new points of view,” she said.
After graduation, Alice is planning on attending grad school to continue her studies in marine biology, either in the United States or back home in Europe, while continuing to gain practical work experience in her field. Her dream is to be able to work with marine animals and to protect endangered and threatened species.
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