Katherine “Katie” Elizabeth Sears
Graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry minor in Dec. 2009.
She graduated in the Honors College with a 3.65 GPA.
She is currently employed at the Houston Zoo.
My name is Katie Sears and I grew up in League City, TX. I decided to go to SHSU because they had a diverse selection of majors (as a freshman I was still undecided) and my mom also attended school there. I came to SHSU with some dual credit hours from College of the Mainland that I had taken during my junior and senior year of high school; this along with my hard work helped me graduate in 3.5 years.
I became involved in different honors programs such as the SHSU Honors Program College, Alpha Lambda Delta Freshmen Honors Society, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, and the Golden Key International Honors Society. I was nominated twice for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award, I made the Dean’s List twice, and I received an Academic Excellence Award for achieving a 4.0 in my spring semester of my senior year. While in Huntsville and at SHSU I volunteered at the Rita B. Huff Animal Shelter, various Tri-Beta events, Saturdays at Sam, the Folk Festival, and the Academic Challenge. I worked in the Chemistry Stock Room. I conducted research with Dr. Neudorf and I also completed an independent research project for my Bio495 class with her, both of which I enjoyed very much. My favorite courses were Animal Behavior and Zoology; and my favorite professors were Dr. Neudorf, Dr. Hudson, and Dr. White, all three of whom I developed close friendships with. My Animal Behavior class with Dr. Neudorf is what made me realize what I wanted to do with my life.
Now I will be working at the Houston Zoo as a Ranger, and I plan to move up to Zookeeper and eventually become involved with the Zoo’s breeding program. I really loved my time at Sam Houston and the friendships that I made with my professors and peers; I would do it all again in a heart beat.
Students from the Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society at a football game tailgate on behalf of the College of Arts and Sciences. Katie is the second one from the left.