Jessica Micheal Wimmer, daughter of Mark and Melissa Wimmer of Norfolk, Neb., is one of two students who will delivered the commencement address to fellow graduates. She majored in biology and minored in environmental studies.
Wimmer served as the vice president of the college's Habitat for Humanity chapter, vice president of the Biology Club and president of the Wildlife Club in 2009-10. She was a member of the Wayne State Honors Program and the Cardinal Key Women's National Honor Society.
She was employed through a National Science Foundation grant to do research with Dr. Barbara Hayford, Wayne State associate professor of Life Sciences, in Mongolia during the summers of 2009 and 2010. She also served as a research assistant for the Museum of Natural History at Wayne State College from September 2008 to May 2010.
Wimmer has presented findings of her research at the Nebraska Pine Ridge and Mongolia at meetings of the Nebraska Wildlife Society, the North American Benthological Society in New Mexico, and for her honor's research and senior research projects.
Her career plans include obtaining a master's degree at the University of Kansas and her Ph.D. in aquatic ecology.
Click here to see Jessica's poster presentation for her Mongolia Research.