Meet Molly Hartzog Storment

Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) is a premier leadership community that exemplifies creative engagement, reflective practice, and multidisciplinary collaboration. The PFL leadership teams delivers evidence-based programming in mentoring, scholarship, teaching, professional development, and personal development. Since 2007, PFL team members have offered more than 500 professional development events for more than 15,000 graduate students, and PFL has become a nationally recognized model for enhancing graduate student success.

The PFL Ambassadors includes a group of ten graduate students from different disciplines who have been invited to represent PFL, connect with other graduate students, and enhance their own leadership skills. Through the Ambassadors program, they will be able to develop advanced leadership and communication skill and expand on the knowledge they have already gained by participating in PFL events and programs.

Molly Hartzog Storment came into Preparing Future Leaders (PFL) through the “back door,” she explains. An assistant to Dr. Barbi Honeycutt in the Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching program (CoAT) while working on her master’s degree, Molly says she “learned a great deal about professional development and teaching while working with the PFL team.” When she left the program, she “had a complete teaching portfolio that [she] was ready to share on the job market, and [she] felt like [she] achieved one more step in becoming a full academic professional.” Becoming a PFL Ambassador then seemed like a natural next step to allow her to continue her learning and interaction with the “wonderful” PFL staff.

Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Molly completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Mississippi State University in December 2009. She then was drawn to NC State by its accomplished faculty in rhetoric and composition studies where she completed her master’s degree in English with an emphasis in rhetoric and composition, motivated by her goal of pursuing a job teaching composition and English as a second language at the college level. Though she initially planned to only complete her master’s degree, “while working on her master’s degree,” she says, “[she] became increasingly interested in research…and intrigued by the work [she] saw coming out of the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) program.”

Today as a second year student in the CRDM program, Molly reports the most fulfilling part of her graduate studies is the opportunity to collaborate with other students and faculty across many disciplines in the Genetic Engineering and Society program, in which she became involved after discovering her interest in science communication, and PFL. Molly says, “I never would have imagined five years ago that I would go from studying literature and linguistics to studying genetically modified mosquitos, but learning to be such a flexible scholar and contribute to complex societal problems like genetic engineering has been very exciting and rewarding.”

When she’s not traveling to Lima and Iquitos, Peru or Uppsala, Sweden for her research, Molly’s most recent extracurricular pursuit has been rock climbing in an indoor climbing gym and outdoor climbing at Pilot Mountain. She also enjoys cycling, running, water color painting, pottery making, and practicing her German and Spanish.

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