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Richard W. Scott
Bachelor of Science - 1964 - Botany
Master of Science - 1966 - Botany
Richard Scott's interest in botany is contagious. Just ask the number of his former students who are now in the UW botany program. Ask UW Botany faculty member Steve Miller, who studied under Scott at Central Wyoming College in Riverton, and caught his enthusiasm. UW has more students in botany from CWC than from any of the state's other community colleges.Scott earned a PhD in botany from the University of Michigan. His research in the field of botany has been particularly significant for Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region, where he is recognized for his expertise in alpine flora. Scott continues to add to the body of knowledge in this field, while carrying the heavy teaching load required at Central Wyoming College. His new book on Wyoming's alpine flora is nearing completion. He says, "I have a lot of great memories of the University of Wyoming; memories of favorite professors and mentors such as C.L. Porter in botany, interesting classes and, naturally, Saturday afternoon football. One memory among the many which vividly stands out, however, is that of Outing Club excursions in the area. It was always such a welcome change from the weekly academic grind to go rock climbing at Vedauwoo, Blair, or the Snowy Range." What Scott remembers most about his Arts and Sciences education was its breadth and quality. "I am pleased to have been exposed to so many different fields, perspectives, and personalities. The quality of instruction and training was excellent. When I left Wyoming to continue graduate work at the University of Michigan, there was a little trepidation over going to a 'big time' university. I soon found out that I was very well prepared, and I appreciate that."