Stacy Martinez entered Rutgers University through the School of Arts & Sciences-EOF Program. In 2012 she made a decision to change to a different major which would delay her graduation year. This was a frightening thought. However she transferred to the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and majored in Landscape Architecture. She states with confidence “I took a big leap but I’m so glad I took the risk and went after something I love”. .
Through her determination and commitment to academic excellence and with the support of the SEBS-EOF Program Stacy was rewarded by her selection into the prestigious George H. Cook Honors Scholars Program. Stacy proclaims “the Landscape Architecture department has great emphasis on environmental, technical, and visual design while offering a wide range of courses from plant design to urban design”.
Stacy completed a BA degree in Spring 2016 and enters the 5th year of a dual BA/MA Program Fall 2016. Her current interest and focus of research is the cultural and historical aspect of landscape architecture. This research focuses on the development of two roads within the lungs of our planet better known as the Amazon rainforest, and its effect on biodiversity, soil, culture, and ultimately people. This summer 2016 Stacy will travel to the Amazon Rainforest in Peru to expand her research by studying about the “actually” of these places. Looking further into her future she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Cultural Heritage and preservation Studies. Stacy says she “couldn’t be happier”.