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Meet Seneth Waterman ‘24

Dean's Scholarship Recipient

Where are you from and what is your background?
I grew up in New Hampshire, where I gained an appreciation for rural roads and quiet mountains. The resulting curiosity of the natural world has permeated much of my personal and professional life. I studied Mathematics at St. Lawrence University, then worked on a variety of farms before becoming a high school math teacher. Eventually, the energy behind my interest in what could be done with the material I was teaching expanded beyond the scope of the high school curriculum. I felt compelled to dive deeper into the concepts I taught my students. Now at USF's MS in Data Science, I'm enjoying combining the analytical, inquisitive disposition that brought me to mathematics with my innate interests in the environment.

Why did you apply for this graduate program and decide to study at USF?
Of particular interest to me was the program's cohort model, and also its practicum. My time as a high school math teacher has instilled in me a deep appreciation for the potential of a tight-knit community of learners. The cohort model naturally lends itself to that community, and it's been a joy to progress and learn alongside my peers. The practicum promised an opportunity to apply the concepts learned in the classroom in an immediate and hands on way.

What impacts has the Dean's Scholarship had on your ability to further your studies?
It's no secret that graduate study can be a significant financial undertaking. The Dean's Scholarship has facilitated my engagement with the program in a variety of ways, not least of which being the peace of mind it has provided, which is necessary to truly devote myself to learning.

What are your career ambitions?
I'm most drawn to experiences at the intersection of cutting-edge data analysis and environmental regeneration. We've yet to actualize all the ways Data Science can help mitigate climate change, and I'm compelled toward opportunities that tap that potential.

What is something unique or interesting about you?
In my youth I was a state champion in log rolling. I soon after took to more traditional athletic pursuits like lacrosse and soccer, but there was a while there where a log floating in a body of water was the sole object of my fervent energy.


The Dean’s Scholarship recognizes a select group of incoming students in graduate programs, who the admission committees believe will make a substantial contribution to the programs. Recipients are selected based on merit. To be considered for the Dean's Scholarship, students must apply to their program by the program's priority deadline.

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