Mariellen Tuckett joins the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences staff as the new graduate program advisor. Her job responsibilities include tracking students’ progress towards graduation, reviewing dissertations and speeches, organizing the department’s annual research conclave, and serving as a liaison between graduate students and professors.
Tuckett earned her bachelor’s degree in general studies from BYU. She recently worked in the registrar’s office at Utah Valley University and has served on the BYU Women’s Conference board. Tuckett has held several legal and administrative positions. She believes her new position will allow her to give back a portion of what she was given during her studies at BYU.
As the graduate program advisor, Tuckett hopes to guide students as they get ready to take their next step. “I first and foremost want students to realize that I’m here to help them succeed,” she says. Tuckett plans to use social media to advertise student dissertations and thesis defenses so potential employers can attend. She would like graduating students to know that her door is always open and to “go and do all the big things you’ve dreamt of.”