Tanya Rice is a Masters of Landscape Architecture candidate. Prior to graduate school, she earned a bachelor degree in Health and Environmental Science at California State University, Long Beach, and worked in the environmental consulting industry for 10 years. She also taught health and science at the high school level. Her passion for creating aesthetically pleasing spaces and interest in the health and welfare of people and the environment lead her to landscape architecture. Her graduate studies and research revealed the diversity and complexity of the profession and the breadth of knowledge students need to enter the workforce. This sparked interest to explore how Landscape Architecture programs in the United States compare in coverage of educational needs. Following completion of coursework and a successful thesis defense in July 2016, Tanya began working for USU’s Landscape Architecture Department. Outside of work and school, Tanya is an avid traveler, gardener, and outdoor enthusiast. From trail running and kayaking with family and friends, to sketching and painting local landscapes in solitude, she is known to take advantage of her surroundings. She also enjoys freelance residential design projects providing clients with a personalized sanctuary of their own.