The Libraries’ Office of IDEA awards Scholarships for Student Workers

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Binghamton University Libraries Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) awarded the IDEA Scholarships for Student Workers. This yearly scholarship opportunity to Libraries student workers from a minoritized culture, race, gender identity, neurocognitive ability or sexual orientation. Read about two of the award winners below:

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Hunter Atkins (He / him) is a senior double majoring in biological sciences and English literature. He has worked at the Science Library in tech services since the spring of 2022. He has been committed to expanding diversity, equity and inclusion on campus through his work as the President of TEDxBinghamtonUniversity, a board member on the Student Health Advisory Committee, a student teacher with BU Science, a research fellow with the McNair Scholars Program, an undergraduate research assistant for the Prior Ecology Lab, a student support assistant for Residential Life and as an undergraduate biology TA. He is currently reviewing several offers for which PhD program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology he will be starting in the fall of 2024. He is passionate about expanding the field of academia as well advocating for the environment.

In his free time he enjoys writing, reading, walking through nature and spending time with his golden retriever River.

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Regina Lu joined the Science Library’s Reader Services team in Fall 2023. Since her arrival, she has been embraced and uplifted by both supervisors and peers, fostering a sense of belonging and mutual support. In this role, she finds genuine and meaningful fulfillment in her contributions. Currently a junior, Regina is pursuing a degree in business administration with concentrations in quantitative finance, business analytics and management information systems, laying the groundwork for her envisioned career path in the dynamic FinTech sector. In the future, she aspires to become a quantitative analyst.

In her free time, Regina enjoys playing volleyball with friends, trying out popular restaurants and dessert shops and watching horror movies and crime shows like Talking Bones.

For more information on the eligibility, selection or to apply for a future IDEA Scholarship for Student Workers, visit