This summer, I interned with a sports photographer in Nashville, TN. I am a journalism major interested in sports journalism and photojournalism. I got to combine two of my passions to create an unforgettable experience. Throughout the summer, I got to shoot several different events, most of them being athletics. I shot a college golf tournament, a high school track meet and a college baseball tournament along with several other events.


The most remarkable part of the internship, however, was that I got to work with Nashville’s minor league baseball team, the Nashville Sounds! The first few games I went to, I mostly spent learning the best places to shoot from, every detail of the game, and the team itself. For the majority of the time after that, I was actively shooting the games. The first game I shot also happened to be the AAA debut of infielder Ryon Healy. I ended up getting a great picture of him at bat and was published on the MiLB website. (pictured below)

The team was really good this year, and led their division all summer. I learned a lot about photography, but I also learned a lot about baseball. I also got to learn some about studio photography. We shot a lot of headshots for companies as well as individuals.

This was not only a fun summer, but it was a valuable learning experience. I made a lot of connections I never imagined, improved my knowledge of sports photography, and learned a lot more about the business side of both athletics and photography. I can’t wait to see where I can go from here, and how this will illuminate and support my plans for the future.


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This summer I had the opportunity to do research in Dr. Malcolm Hill‘s marine biology lab. We spent two and a half weeks in the Florida Keys collecting data and conducting experiments. My experiment involved collecting samples, from the sponge we study, every three hours for a twenty-four hour period. It was hard, fun, work and it definitely paid off as we were able to collect a huge amount of data.

After we drove the twenty-two hours back from Florida dragging our boat, samples, and gear behind us, we started the next phase of work, processing data. Back in Richmond my experiment involved setting all of the tissue I collected in Florida in plastic, and then cutting it into sections to image using the transmission electron microscope. My images will help us better understand the relationship between the sponge we study, and the algae that lives inside it. This fall I will continue working on my research project with the hope of compelling enough finalized data to publish a paper.


I also had the unique opportunity to mentor two rising tenth graders as part of the MSI program, and my Jepson internship. The MSI program‘s mission is to increase the number of high school students interested in pursuing a career in a STEM field. The program gives high school students in the Richmond public schools the opportunity to spend five weeks working in a lab at the University.

To help get a better understanding of sponge‘s role in the reef ecosystem our lab is working on a food web project. As part of that project, my MSI students sorted, took pictures, categorized, measured, and did statistics for all of the brittle stars we collected in the Keys. At the end of the five-week program the students presented their research, in poster form, for their parents and the rest of the participants in the program. It was a ton of fun and very inspiring to work with high school students who are enthusiastic about science.


2017-06-14T20:42:17+00:00August 17th, 2016|Swimming & Diving|

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