Jaquan High left the state of South Carolina for the first time when he was 16 years old. Now, he's going to earn a Ph.D. in ocean ecology and biogeochemistry at Oregon State University.
High's curiosity about nature started young, and he decided to pursue geology at South Carolina. As the first in his family to earn a college degree, he developed relationships with faculty, through their mentorship and research opportunities.
“It's these life-long friendships that really make our journey of struggles and triumphs worth it, and I'm proud to say UofSC has been my home and the source of all these relationships I've fostered over time,” he said.
He was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, allowing him to pursue his Ph.D.
Read the full story, written by Bryan Gentry, on the College of Arts and Sciences website.