Major/Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alison Graettinger
Why is undergraduate research important to you?
It’s important to me because it allows me to challenge myself outside of the classroom in new ways, while also giving me the opportunity to be mentored by one of my favorite professors. Research takes skills gained in the classroom and allows you to apply them into a field you may be curious in pursuing post-graduation. It also makes you a more competitive applicant for graduate school while also allowing for professional networking.
How did you find your mentor?
I was enrolled in Dr. Graettinger’s Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology class and I really enjoyed her lectures and engaged with the material. During labs I would ask questions about concepts and put 110% percent into the course material. Dr. Graettinger later asked if I would be interested in undergraduate research and joining her research team. After discussing the research, I knew I found a great opportunity.
What advice would you have for someone who wants to get started in undergraduate research?
Find a class or subject that you’re passionate about and put your all into it. Be an active student, engage with the material, and show that you’re self-motivated. It’s important to build relationships with your professors, and you can always ask if they’re looking for any undergraduate researchers to assist with their research..