Clemson Extension / Carolina Clear Student Interns

Through a collaborative effort between the Clemson Extension Service and UPIC Program, Carolina Clear, the Center and the Water Resources Program Team, are working with undergraduate students on projects across the state. Meet our 2014 interns below! 


Sadaris Benjamin, Senior, Clemson University

Joining us from Gadsden, SC, Sadaris is a senior majoring in wildlife and fishery biology.

Project: Sadaris will be organizing a video contest. He will be researching a video contest held in the past and then will be planning his own contest focusing on stormwater issues. His internship supervisor is Jolie Brown.

Favorite Place in SC to Enjoy Our Waterways: Lake Murray


Austin Cole, Senior, Clemson University

Originally from Lawrenceville, GA, Austin is majoring in Environmental & Natural Resources with a minor in Crop & Environmental Soil Science. He has worked with Georgia Department of Agriculture as a summer intern in the Seed Laboratory and as a volunteer with the Gwinnett County Schools teaching students about seed testing and germination. At Clemson, Austin is involved with outreach efforts through the Center for Watershed Excellence and Carolina Clear. His internship supervisor is Katie Giacalone. Austin is also working with Dr. Jennifer Tsuruda on a Pollinator Stewardship program.
Project: Austin is working on constructing several 3-part compost bins for park demonstration with Katie Giacalone, Carolyn Lanza, and Cathy Reas Foster.
Favorite Place in SC to Enjoy Our Waterways: Lake Hartwell


Maggie Culbertson, Senior, Clemson University

Hailing from Georgetown, SC, Maggie is a senior Pre-Veterinary Sciences major.

Project: Maggie is involved this summer preparing and assisting with the 4-H2O camp with Florence County 4-H.  She is interning with Clemson Extension in Florence, Kingstree, and in Georgetown. Her internship supervisor is Terasa Young.

Favorite Place in SC to Enjoy Our Waterways: Black River


Carolyn Lanza, Junior, Clemson University

Carolyn is from Detroit, Michigan and is majoring in Environmental and Natural Resources: Conservation Biology. Carolyn is involved with Students for Environmental Action and the Hunnicutt Creek Creative Inquiry.

Project: Carolyn is working with Cathy Reas Foster and Pickens County Stormwater Partners to educate Pickens County on stormwater pollution. This includes creating environmental education tip sheets and a compost education program.

Favorite Place in SC to Enjoy Our Waterways: Table Rock State Park


Lisa Watkins, Senior, Clemson University

Lisa is originally from Atlanta and over the past three years has enjoyed exploring the trails of the upstate, spending most of her weekends backpacking. At Clemson, Lisa is involved with environmental sustainability efforts through student organizations like Students for Environmental Action and various student, faculty, and staff committees. This summer, she looks forward to connecting her coursework in Environmental Engineering with hands-on investigation in local streams.

Project: Lisa will be helping Cal Sawyer with water quality studies of Hunnicutt Creek.

Favorite Place in SC to Enjoy Our Waterways: Brasstown Falls, Sumter NF


Leslie Wooten, Graduate Student, College of Charleston

Since September 2013, Leslie Wooten has worked as a graduate student-intern for Carolina Clear and the Ashley Cooper Stormwater Education Consortium (ACSEC). Leslie received her undergraduate degree in environmental engineering from Colorado State University.  She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science degree in Environmental Studies at the College of Charleston. In her second year of studies, Leslie will be departing to Peru to complete her masters through Peace Corps service.
Project: Through her work with Carolina Clear and ACSEC, Leslie has helped to develop and implement a variety of outreach and research programs targeting multiple best management practices and audiences. In particular, Leslie has helped to coordinate a rainwater harvesting system study that explores the effectiveness of first flush diverters for bacteria removal in collection systems. In all her work, Leslie brings her experience and genuine excitement to encourage protection of South Carolina waterways.
Favorite Place in SC to Enjoy Our Waterways: the backwaters of the Stono River and Charleston Harbor estuary.