Raquel Bensadoun

Raquel Bensadoun

What is your previous work experience?
I've worked in animal rehabilitation and animal care at Projeto Tamar in Brazil, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Florida, and Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida. My time at Projeto Tamar allowed me to be involved in social inclusion projects and all of my experiences have included a component of environmental education. I have also interned as a policy intern for sea turtle conservancy, working on sea level rise and coastal armoring issues and participating in a predation workshop.

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
I was drawn to the Nicholas School because of Duke Marine Lab and the world class teaching staff. Many of the professors that I look forward to working with at Marine Lab are professors whose publications I've used as citations in previous research experience and I look forward to getting to see their research and learn from them first hand.

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I am interested in geospatial analysis and climate change topics and how these subjects intersect. I will focus on natural phenomena and how they are predicted to change in the future (such as frequency/intensity of hurricanes) and am looking forward to learning GIS skills that will allow me to see what areas will be most affect by these phenomena in the short and long term.

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I am most looking forward to the professional networking while learning new skills. I am very interested in GIS and mapping and the potential uses it has for modeling of future phenomena. The Nicholas School opens many doors for students and provides a staff that is always available to tend to students needs and questions.

What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
I hope to work for an agency that is actively working to supply the government with data to effect change in the way that coastal planning is done. I would like to either work directly for a government agency, working towards management, or for an NGO that works closely with government agencies.

Personal thanks:
I would like to thank you for your very generous donation. I was thrilled and very appreciative to learn that I was selected as the recipient of your scholarship. I am concentrating in Coastal Environmental Management and this program will greatly help me take a leap forward in my career, giving me valuable skills and professional development opportunities that will allow me to achieve my ultimate career goal of working for an agency responsible for coastal management and planning and analyzing how climate change will affect the coasts. Thanks to you, I am one step closer to my goal.

By awarding me the Nicholas Scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden which allows me to focus on the most important aspects of this program, professional development and learning new skills. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and I hope that one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals for the betterment of the world as you have helped me."

Employment Sought:
Internships

Graduation Date

May 2019