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Title: Information Sheet, Intern Bao Chung

— Georgetown University and National Park Service Intern
Final Report

Bao Q. Chung
August 2004

I am a currently a third-year biology major at Georgetown University. My interests include biology in general, conservation, medicine, and health. I am the man in the striped shirt.

In 2003, I worked on a comprehensive survey of the insects of the greater Washington, D.C., Area (defined as Washington, D.C.; Delaware; Pennsylvania; Maryland; New Jersey; Virginia; and West Virginia in my project). This diverse geographical area includes part of the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, Blue Ridge Mountains, Ridge-and-Valley Province, Allegheny Plateau, and Central Uplands. There are many national forests and national parks within this area. My intern experience included entering data from books, Internet sites, and scientific papers into Arthropods of the Washington, D.C., Area: A Searchable Online Database (AWDCAD).

The three other interns and I met local scientists who work on arthropods at the annual banquet of the Entomological Society of Washington and during interviews of these scientists at the Smithsonian Institution and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During the interviews, I learned about their great enthusiasm for the work. Further, I learned about their areas of research and experiences in many parts of the world.

In August 2003, Dr. Barrows took us on an arthropod walk in the national park Rock Creek Park. This was a great opportunity for us to see some of the species that were included in AWDCAD.

Mr. Dan Kjar produced a user-friendly interface with AWDCAD for data entry. I was also a co-author on a poster presented at the National Park Service Conference Spotlight on Natural Resources, University of District of Columbia, Van Ness Campus, March 2004.

I primarily entered information about Insecta (especially Hymenoptera) into the AWDCAD.

I am pleased to thank to Dr. Barrows, Dan Kjar, and the National Park Service for enabling me to learn more about the field of entomology. It was a really enlightening experience.

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