Student Profiles

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Science, College of Arts & Sciences at University of Pennsylvania (May '14)

    “When I arrived at Penn, I planned on studying biochemistry for four years and transitioning to a biochem PhD program upon graduation. However, during my freshman year, I enrolled in Doug Jerolmack’s Earth Surface Processes class and decided to switch gears and focus my studies on geology. My professional experience thus far has been limited to research, chemistry and geology labs. In my free time, I play soccer, hike, cook and enjoy woodworking. My educational background is mainly in math and science so I am still trying to learn as much geology as possible as I finish my undergraduate and continue with my MSAG. I am always seeking out new avenues, outside of the classroom, to learn more about geology.”

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Science in Geology, University of Liberia

    “Prior to becoming a graduate student at Penn, I served as Teaching Assistant in the Department of Geology, University of Liberia, for two semesters on the request of the chairman of the department. While in that position, I discovered my passion for teaching and lifelong learning. I hope to apply the knowledge gained in the MSAG program firstly, as an obligation, to the University of Liberia; and secondly, to a corporate geotechnical entity."

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Science, College of Arts & Sciences at University of Pennsylvania (May '14)

    “My interest in paleontology was born from my obsession with dinosaurs at a very young age. By the time I arrived at Penn, I had made my decision to pursue a course of study dedicated to understanding the metabolism of dinosaurs and non-dinosaurian archosaurs (the flying reptiles and the extinct relatives of modern crocodilians). In the past, I have completed fieldwork in both China and New Mexico, and my current studies are focused on establishing specialized knowledge as I transition from the MSAG program to the pursuit of a PhD. My future career aspirations include either working as a professor at a research university or as a research staff member at a natural history museum.”

  • Education:

    Environmental Audits & Site Assessments, Cook College, '07; Bachelor of Science in Geology, University of Delaware, '04; G429: Field Geology in the Rocky Mountains, Indiana University, '03

    “After graduating from the University of Delaware, I began working for a small environmental consulting firm in Newark, Delaware. I was initially hired and trained to complete Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E1527 as well as multimedia sampling (i.e., soil, groundwater, surface water, sediment and soil gas) associated with Phase II ESAs. Throughout my years as an environmental consultant, I have also participated in multiple Phase II Bog Turtle surveys. After three years, the firm expanded its list of services to include site remediation. The firm became Delaware HSCA-certified in order to complete state-controlled remediation projects (such as brownfields, VCPs, etc.). I am currently enrolled in the MSAG program with a concentration in Hydrogeology. I hope to apply the knowledge and skills I acquire from the MSAG program into my career and one day become a registered Professional Geologist.”

  • Education:

    Bachelor of Geology and Environmental Studies, St. Lawrence University, '05

    “Prior to joining the Master of Applied Geosciences program at Penn, I spent seven years working as an environmental geologist for CDM Smith, an engineering and consulting firm. While in the MSAG program, I will continue to work for CDM Smith on federal EPA Superfund sites around the country, lithologically characterizing sites, protecting human health and removing wastes from the environment. I realized that the MSAG program would provide additional knowledge that is useful within the industry. As a current student, I will be pursuing the Engineering/Hydrology concentration. After graduation, I hope to apply what I learned in the MSAG program to continue to conduct technical field investigations and drilling programs.”

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