General Research Assistant
Keat has lived just southeast of Salina for as long as he was able to form memories and, without a doubt, considers this to be his home ground. Keat graduated from Lawrence Virtual High School in 2020 and has currently completed two years of a plant biology degree at Kansas State University. Having grown up on a farm, he is quite familiar with the rigors involved with outdoor agricultural labor. Furthermore, this experience has acquainted him with many tools and machines relevant to the Research Assistant position.
What’s most inspiring about your specific position at The Land Institute?
I enjoy talking with the various scientists and technicians about their projects. Their passion is quite inspiring and has inculcated in me a love for plants I never had before.
What drew you to work at The Land Institute?
Having been interested in biology for most of my life and looking for a summer job last year I thought The Land Institute looked to be a good fit. And indeed, I had a wonderful time and met some great friends so I’ve decided to come back for a second summer.
What’s one aspect of your life history that most people don’t know or wouldn’t expect?
I’ve become a minor local cryptid at K-State where I am known for riding a unicycle around campus. It’s a bit surprising to me how often I’m recognized for this eccentricity.
What were you like at age 10?
Shy, reserved, and generally quite unlike my current self. Slightly obsessive and esoteric interests are the main continuity from then to now.
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