B.Sc. EAS, 2017
The Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA
Please briefly describe your current job:
I am a PhD student at Penn State University. I work in both the Department of Geosciences and the Astrobiology Research Center. My day to day work schedule consists of biogeochemical lab work, global nutrient cycling modeling, taking a few classes, and teaching introductory earth science and chemistry.
What is your favorite part of your current position:
I enjoy being employed in the sciences primarily because I am constantly surrounded by so many brilliant minds. Collaborating with amazing scientists is easy in an academic setting. I am able to walk down the hall and have exchanges about new scientific reports with friends and mentors, but I also have been able to easily maintain connections and collaborations across the country and the world through my job.
How did your EAS education prepare you for your current job?:
In my eyes, my EAS education has been the key that unlocked graduate school as an opportunity for me. The ease of access to research and teaching opportunities for undergrads in EAS at GT was essential to my development as a scientist. My mentors Dr. Jen Glass and Dr. Chris Reinhard in particular were there for me and supported my scientific explorations from a very young age. I will always cherish these relationships with my EAS mentors, teachers, and friends.
What do you wish you had known as an EAS undergraduate in order to land the job of your dreams?:
While EAS greatly facilitated my academic development; I have found that it is equally important to develop mentally and emotionally as a scientist as well. Having confidence in myself and learning to work outside my comfort zone are not skills I learned in the classroom, but have also been essential to my advancement as a scientist. As an undergrad, I wish I had known to spend more time evolving these aspects of my scientific personality in addition to my technical qualifications.