Starting with my first days at Drexel, I made it a point to always seek every opportunity open to me. This school has a ton of resources that aren’t always leveraged by students, and I made it a goal to uncover every new experience this university had to offer. I haven’t always made these discoveries deliberately, but in every instance I tried to take advantage of them as best I could. As a result, I’ve run the gamut on a variety of academic experiences mostly related to research, which had you asked me in high school, I never would have even thought would be possible.
I conducted my STAR research on the response of barrier islands to sea level rise in the Delaware Bay, and followed that with a research co-op investigating the environmental controls on aquatic insect respiration. I am currently diving into a group effort to characterize the geophysical and geochemical characteristics of Deccan volcanism in Cretaceous-era India, which will lead into my last co-op next spring. Along the way I’ve joined the Undergraduate Research Leaders, and have been elected President of the organization. I’ve also served as the President of the Paleontology and Geology Club for the past year. To top that off, I spent 5 months studying abroad in Sydney, Australia this past fall.
I’ve discovered that more than anything, the ability to leverage all the wonderful resources Drexel has to offer comes from the amazing staff here
While I’ve made it a point to seek these opportunities, each opportunity involved the efforts of anywhere from one to dozens of people. I’ve discovered that more than anything, the ability to leverage all the wonderful resources Drexel has to offer comes from the amazing staff here, ranging from professors to administrators and directors in all the various programs I have participated in.
I was recently awarded the Goldwater Scholarship and the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship for my passion for research; while I am thrilled to be recognized, I wouldn’t have been able to come 1/10th of the way without the generous support of the Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science, including professors and grad students, as well as the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Drexel Fellowships Office. My advice to prospective students would be to seek out this kind of assistance. When you ask for help, I promise that the wonderful staff in these departments will answer.