UAP Undergrad Students2018-03-14T16:38:18+00:00
EMMA BUCHANAN
I’m a senior double majoring in Public and Urban Affairs and Applied Economics and Management, and I’m passionate about rural community development. I’m from Glade Spring, a very small community in Virginia. I came to Virginia Tech having interned with Abingdon Main Street, an organization that helps downtown Abingdon, Virgina thrive. This experience introduced me to the opportunities I had to contribute to the future of communities like mine, and gave me additional context from which to consider what I was learning in class. I hope to continue at Virginia Tech in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program, and then work to help communities similar to my hometown.
HUNTER WYATT
My name is Hunter Wyatt, I am a senior double majoring in Environmental Policy and Planning and Agricultural Sciences. I grew up on a small horse farm in Sugar Grove, a small community in southwest Virginia. I am an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoy hiking the Appalachian Trail. My primary interest in the program is in bridging the gap between agriculture and sustainability in a manner that is ecologically beneficial and promotes financial resilience and social welfare. I hope to help small agricultural communities understand how to sustainably capitalize on their resources, enabling them to serve as a model to promote sustainability in our capitalistic market.
MARIA ELISA VOLLMER
My name is Maria Elisa Vollmer, and I’m from Venezuela. Growing up in a developing country, I noticed how our many resources were often mismanaged due to lack of technical knowledge, poor policymaking, or not being a priority. This motivated me to study Environmental Policy and Planning at Virginia Tech. Here I learned about important tools to solve human-environment problems, with which I hope to mitigate environmental impacts due to development.