Ms. Sarah Yount joins WRBU as a participant in the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) College Qualified Leaders internship program. Her past project focused on the digitization of immature mosquito specimens from the National Mosquito Collection with the goal of gaining valuable insights into the habitats of mosquito species found in the United States. Currently, she is georeferencing tick records for the Tick Tock project.
As an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia majoring in Entomology (with a minor in Biology), Ms. Yount aspires to be a medical entomologist focusing on medically important arthropods and how they vector diseases to humans.
During her undergraduate years, Ms. Yount has gained a variety of entomological experience including interning with the Georgia Museum of Natural History, The University of Georgia Ecology Lab, and interning with an esteemed University of Georgia professor: Dr. Joseph McHugh. Ms. Yount’s passion for entomology, however, begin much earlier as her first was with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History at the age of sixteen. She has also been awarded multiple scholarships by her university, including The Ratcliﬀe Scholarship, The Vaught Scholarship, and the University of Georgia Department of Entomology Scholarship.