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WVU grad student recognized for conservation efforts, dedication to Peace Corps

WVU Today, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia

In and around the town of Junin, Peru, West Virginia University student Shannon Behmke is known as the “frog girl.”

Stationed in the South American country as an Environmental Peace Corps Volunteer, Behmke has devoted much of her time to creating a conservation plan for the endangered giant Lake Junín frog – an effort that helped her earn Peace Corps Peru Volunteer Excellence Award.

Nominated by peers and selected by Peace Corps staff, recipients of the Volunteer Excellence Award are recognized for their dedication and passion to their jobs and embodying the very best of the Peace Corps.

Busy with her research, Behmke hadn’t been able to check her e-mail for several days and learned she won the award through another Peace Corps volunteer.

When asked how she felt in that moment, Behmke said, “I was incredibly happy and most likely scared the people in the taxi due to my rapid talking and excitement that would have been contained in my room if I had learned about the award via e-mail.”

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