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Bailee Hopkins '18

Choctaw

Bailee, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, grew up in both Longview, Texas and Denver, Colorado. She is a junior in CALS studying Plant Sciences and plans to obtain a minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Some of her interests include learning about plants Native to the Cayuga Lake Basin area, gardening, and learning about traditional foods and medicines of her Nation. This summer (2016) she spent her time studying the Native plants of the Cornell Plantations as the Mundy Wildflower Garden summer intern. Bailee has developed and is currently involved in research project focusing on the development and care of Apios Americana. She plans to pursue graduate studies in a Plant Science field to work toward her goal of becoming a botanist and working with Native communities. She has been actively involved in Cornell's chapter of American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) where she has held the position of the secretary (2015-2016) and is currently one of the Co-Presidents (2016-2017). She is also involved with Native American Students at Cornell (NASAC) and now serves as the secretary (2016-2017). Bailee has been awarded with the Akwe:kon Peer Appreciation Award (2015-2016) and the Ron LaFrance Leadership Award (2016-2017).