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UW doctorate student earns future science leader honor

(Tobias Osborne Photo) Elizabeth Traver's research focuses on soil microbial communities in de-glaciated lands in the western United States, including in the Dinwoody cirque in the Wind River Mountains.

A University of Wyoming doctorate student is one of 18 across the nation being recognized for her science advocacy.

Elizabeth Traver, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will receive the Future Leaders in Science Award March 4 in Washington, D.C.

Traver is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Ecology and Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. Her research focus is on soil microbial communities in de-glaciated lands in the western United States, working with assistant professor Linda van Diepen in the department. Traver received her bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's in botany from UW.

Award recipients receive a trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual congressional visit day sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America. They will meet with their members of Congress and advocate for food, agriculture and natural resources research.

The day exposes them to the federal budget and appropriations process and fosters relationships with members of their congressional delegations.

–UW Extension