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Snapshot: Mary Schrot



Snapshot: Mary Schrot

Position: Scholar Advisor, International Office, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Florida campus.

Responsibilities: Schrot helps international students, researchers and employees at TSRI navigate complicated visa rules and regulations so they can achieve their professional and personal goals. She advises TSRI faculty and staff on immigration matters and limitations, and ensures the institute meets Department of Homeland Security and Department of State reporting requirements.

Background: Born and raised near Rochester, New York, Schrot lived in Boston, Massachusetts, and Durham, North Carolina, before seeking the warmer Florida climate. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the State University of New York, Oneonta, and a master’s degree in intercultural counseling from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Previously, she served as International Student and Scholar Advisor at several large research institutions, including Boston University, MIT, Harvard and, most recently, Duke University.

Arrived at Scripps Research:  October 20, 2014.

Thoughts on Scripps Research: Awed by the important research conducted at TSRI, Schrot says she is grateful for the opportunity to be surrounded by such a diverse group of people. “I particularly appreciate working with the international population because I can learn about different cultures and customs without even leaving my desk!” She relishes the “small, intimate and friendly” campus of Scripps Florida.

Professional Affiliations: A long-time member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the North Carolina Association of International Educators, Schrot has often provided presentations for groups at state, regional and national levels.

Extracurricular Activities: An avid traveler, Schrot has journeyed throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Thailand, Australia and Fiji, with Tajikistan probably her most unique destination. She also enjoys biking, hiking and rowing, having learned to row in Boston, then participating in the Carolina Masters Crew Club. Her other interests include making pottery, playing cards, watching baseball and practicing yoga.

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Mary Schrot, who joined Scripps Florida last October, helps international students, researchers and employees navigate complicated visa rules and regulations. (Photo by Jeremy Pyle.)