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Shin-Ping Laohas interned as an interpreter and in resource management with the Student Conservation Association in Beatrice, Nebraska. A student of various animal and plant sciences, Lao recently graduated from the University of Florida, completing a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a Double Minor in Botany and Spanish. She has participated in a number of related organizations over the years, further expanding her practical and academic knowledge of plants and animals. While studying for her degree, Shin-Ping Lao was on the dean's list for six semesters and President's Honor Roll for two, earning enough merit scholarships to cover all of her college expenses. Lao servedas a teaching assistant for an upper-level genetics class class in her sophomore year. Shin-Ping Lao has amassed a wealth of experience volunteering and interning for a number of organizations related to her academic interests. From 2006 to 2008, she volunteered with Operation Catnip, helping feral cats. In 2007, she volunteered with the Equine Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and served as a research intern with the Comparative Medicine Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. In 2008, Lao took on a Research Intern position with another branch of the same organization, the Laboratory of Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology, and also participated in a two-week wilderness survival school. Shin-Ping Lao also worked as a research assistant for the animal behavior laboratory and the marine ecology laboratory in the University of Florida's zoology department from 2008 to 2010. In 2010, Lao served as a farm intern at Maggie's Herb Farm in St. Augustine, Florida, and and also at Earth Sky Time Community Farm in Manchester Center, Vermont. She also volunteered with the Edible Plant Project, helping to grow and sell edible gardening plants. Outside of her efforts in zoology and botany, Shin-Ping Lao has engaged in other volunteer work, assisting Florida Alternative Breaks and tutoring low-income individuals pursuing GEDs. 

Work experience

Apr 2001Present

Interpretation/Resource Management Intern

Student Conservation Association


Assisting park staff with project work in the areas of natural resource management, cultural resource management, interpretation, and visitor services


Assist in visitor reception at Homestead National Monument of America, operate audio-visual equipment, assist visitors with questions concerning park resources and interpretive programs, and assist with special events planning. Provide vegetation monitoring, exotic and invasive plant control and monitoring of water quality. Assist with curriculum based educational activities.

Jan 2009May 2010

Outdoor Trip Leader

Reitz Union at the University of Florida


Planned, organized, and led outdoor recreation trips for university students.


Planning all aspects of outdoor adventure trips including budgets, transportation, itinerary, meal plans, etc. Leading students safely through outdoor activities such as backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, snorkelling, camping, etc. while teaching proper techniques and Leave No Trace environmental ethics.


-Served as director of publicity January 2010-May 2010

-Mentored an incoming trip leader in outdoor leadership skills January 2010-May 2010



University of Florida


-Research Assistant in Marine Ecology Laboratory

-Research Assistant in Animal Behavior Laboratory

-Research Intern at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

-Teaching Assistant in the Department of Zoology

-Travel and Recreation Program (TRiP) leader

-Student World Assembly (Vice President)

-Florida Alternative Breaks

-Tutor for low-income adults and youth

-Equine Neonatal Intensive Care Unit volunteer

-Edible Plant Project volunteer

-Operation Catnip volunteer


-Double-minored in Spanish and Botany

-National Merit Scholar: financed 100% of tuition, room, and board with merit-based scholarships

-Graduated Cum Laude with a 3.83/4.0 GPA

-On the Dean's List 6 semesters, On the President's Honor Roll 2 semesters

-As a sophomore, served as a Teaching Assistant for a university higher level genetics course

-Co-authored a scientific paper published in the journal Biology of Reproduction in March 2009