Lizzie Gill will graduate from the University of New Hampshire in May 2017 with a dual major in sustainable agriculture and food systems and international affairs and a minor in Spanish. She is a member of both the University Honors Program and the Honors in Major Program. Lizzie grew up in Montana, where she came to love the outdoors and her unique natural surroundings. A strong believer in systems thinking, Lizzie is trying to use her agricultural studies to construct a bridge between biological and sociological sciences to address global food insecurity and environmental degradation. This past summer, she traveled to Costa Rica through the support of a Hamel Center International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) grant to perform independent research on the diversity of squash vegetables. She enjoyed the challenge of working with another culture in a different language and dealing with different cultural norms in the scientific and nonscientific world abroad. After graduation, Lizzie will continue pursuing her interests by traveling to Paraguay, where she will serve as a Crop Extension Peace Corps volunteer until December 2019.