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Rayna Bidwell

Growing up I always had a love for nature, and spent much of my time as a kid playing outside. Ever since I was young, I’ve had a particularly affinity for the less appreciated creatures of the world: bugs, toads, snakes, etc. It was always my goal to convince those around me that these animals were to be admired, not feared. It’s a goal I still hold onto today, and strive to achieve through education and exposure. 

In school I’ve always gravitated towards science and art, gaining experience with scientific research through St. Lawrence University. 

Abby Bienfang

Abby is part of the class of '23 at St. Lawrence University. She is a captain of club rugby, the president of the scuba diving club, and a lover of the outdoors. She wanted to be working in the outdoors no matter what she did beyond school, so she took a focus in archaeology. She hopes to combine her love for archaeology and scuba diving in the future, studying marine archaeology and or doing marine preservation in any way. Taking care of nature and the creatures in it, is a high priority in Abby's interests and will be the direction she plans on going in the future.

Alyssa Barrett


In the Spring of 2017, while studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, I was given the opportunity to embark on a culinary tour of Italy. My Enrichment Grant made it possible for me to see both Rome and Florence, Italy, while experiencing incredible Mediterranean cuisine every step of the way. I originally applied for such a grant because Italy is a cultural and culinary epicenter, and I didn’t feel my time abroad would be complete without experiencing it!

Min Wang

Min Wang'21 is a history major and a minor in Art and Art history. She began this project out of interest in how the news media in China reported on protests in Hong Kong in 2019. During the study, she was inspired by life stories of Hong Kong based journalists and short documentaries made by global correspondents. These stories triggered her interest in journalism as a possible career pursuit.