Kate Early

Kate Early, from Corning, New York, is a fifth-year senior, who will graduate in the spring of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management.  Not ready to leave UNH, she decided to take an extra year to complete a thesis on her research at the Hamanasi eco-resort in Belize.  Kate’s research began in her junior year when she conducted desk research on eco-tourism and sustainability for a hospitality marketing class.  Then in the summer of 2011, an IROP grant allowed her to spend nine weeks at the Hamanasi resort, where she expanded upon her research through field work that involved interviews with owners, guests and employees.  The result of what she learned has been compiled into an IROP report, a presentation for the IROP Symposium, an honors thesis, and finally her article for Inquiry.  Among other things, Kate has learned about the challenges involved in balancing a profitable business with sustainable practices.  This information will no doubt be valuable for her as she pursues a career in hospitality.  After graduation, Kate plans to enter a manager-in-training program with a hotel management company and will continue to explore future opportunities with sustainable hotels and tourism.