Rika Setsuda began her involvement during her second year in the fall of 2005. She started as a bone numberer in the curatorial area. She then was hired as a curatorial assistant in either herps and/or mammals from the spring of 2006 until now, her last semester at Cal! She helped with Cal Day in the spring of 2006 and 2007, and intends on helping again this year. She also has been a prep lab volunteer since the spring of 2006, and is an expert mammal preparer. She was involved in the Grinnell Resurvey Project (mammal collecting) during the summer of 2006 and 2007. She too IB 104 in the spring of 2007, and is now taking both IB 173 and IB 175 during her last semester at Cal, Spring 2008.
”Working at the MVZ is an amazing experience. Everyone is friendly and helpful. I have learned a lot about vertebrate zoology from curating specimens, participating in collecting trips with field biologists, and chatting with biologists who are very passionate about what they are researching. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to work at such a stimulating environment, and the great thing is that the MVZ keeps its doors open for more undergraduate students to be part of this community. The MVZ is truly a fantastic place to work, learn, and connect with professors, staff, graduate students, and other undergraduate students who are wild about vertebrate zoology!”