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After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree from UCF, Tina Richards moved to Spain to teach English for a year, completed multiple environmental internships, and secured a position at the UCF Arboretum. Since May 2008 she has been helping to grow the Arboretum’s volunteer program and coordinate the UCF Organic Community Garden since it started in February 2009. She currently offers educational tours and workshops, grows community partnerships, coordinates events, and supervises within the department.
While working at UCF she decided to apply for the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) in Conservation Biology. She felt it offered her flexibility to continue working in a field she loved while furthering her education. The most impactful part of her PSM experience was her internship with the Florida Native Plant Society (Tarflower Chapter) where she learned very practical skills such as how to identify plants and voucher specimens. She also made valuable connections with others in the field and remains connected to the organization by serving as the field trip coordinator.
Finally, during her tenure at UCF, Richards has been honored with numerous awards such as first place in Life Sciences category at the 2013 Graduate Research Forum, the Winter Park Garden Scholarship, SGA Graduate Student Scholarship, and most recently being honored for Women’s History month by the Center for Success of Women Faculty. Since graduating in Fall 2013, she has been enjoying her ability to teach in the Biology department and is continuing to expand her role at the Arboretum.