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Faith Powers Reason in Erin Novak’s Education and Work

Erin Novak illustrates perfectly how the lens of spirituality can broaden one’s perspective. Through her studies in biology and theology, commitment to ecological restoration and spearheading of the native plant garden on campus, Erin brings a deeply thoughtful approach to her education and work.

Erin, we wish you good luck in your research internship and career. We know you’re going to do great things for people and the planet!

​Erin Novak

Majors: Biology & Theology

The UST Experience

“My experience at UST has truly been a blessing. This school offers such an amazing liberal arts education that fosters one into becoming a well-rounded person.

I came in only interested in science, and almost completely changed my major to theology. Learning about God and the reason for our existence is so important to being a good person and member of society, and is necessary in any career, whether it be in the medical field, teaching or the business world.”

What’s Next?

“In July, I will be working in a temporary internship for entomology research, and then I’m hoping to work in an ecology or restoration and conservation field. I truly hope to incorporate faith into environmental or ecological care in my future work and education.”

“This school offers such an amazing liberal arts education that fosters one into becoming a well-rounded person.”

Best Classes

  • Ecology with Dr. Shivas Amin – “Taking this class and learning about the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss are some of the things that led to planting the pocket prairie on Earth Day this year, and also the smaller garden in Young Hall last year.”
  • Catholicism and Literature with Dr. Thomas Harmon – “This class really expanded my outlook on a lot of things in life and deepened my faith and my joy in God.”
  • Microbiology with Dr. Maia Larios-Sanz – “Learning about the life we cannot see but that is so valuable and necessary for our own existence was fascinating.”
  • Core English classes with Dr. James Barloon


  • Active member of Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society
  • Spearheaded Community Garden project, helped establish a native plant garden on campus with planting on Earth Day
  • Reslife student worker

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