Eden is sitting on a boat on a sunny day, smiling, holding a book, wearing a blue shirt

My name is Eden Skopp and I am a senior majoring in Biology, graduating from American University this May.

I have a background in Arthropod taxonomy and collection curation and preservation. I interned in the Hymenoptera systematic entomology laboratory at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History where I identified superfamilies of wasps from Madagascar and organized the collection, and prepared and curated a collection of raw, historic, samples of oak galls to be used as reference material in future research at the museum. Currently, I oversee a collection project that analyzes invertebrate species diversity on American University’s campus.

The months that I spent on the Madagascar and Gall projects were my favorite part of my undergraduate career and a huge reason that I now have the confidence to lead my own projects and pursue a career that also requires a high level of detail and skill when it comes to physical capability.

Currently, I am in the process of applying to dental school. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with small subject matter and forming my own solutions to different challenges in my career.