Returning RESESS intern Sam Motz will be completing her final semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology this fall, where she is studying Earth and atmospheric sciences.
Keneni Godana recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences and minors in public policy and biology. Although they initially entered college intending to pursue a medical career like their father, Keneni found a passion for environmental sciences.
Michela Savignano will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in geochemistry from Brown University this December. She began college studying neuroscience and on the track to attend medical school. After her freshman year, Michela studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she was unable to take the required pre-med courses.
Phillip Choi is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studies physics with a minor in geology—and a returning RESESS intern. Phillip enjoyed physics, but wanted to combine his theoretical knowledge with laboratory work. At the University of Pennsylvania, Phillip works in a sediment dynamics and geomorphology laboratory to investigate Earth surface processes from a granular physics perspective.
Angie Bonanno recently graduated from Bryn Mawr College where she received her bachelor’s degree in geology. In their freshman year, Angie wanted to switch out of a class after the add-drop period was over. Their dean offered to switch them into the introductory geology course.
Courteney Pike is a rising senior at Florida State University where she is majoring in geology and minoring in chemistry. Courteney grew up in South Africa, and would regularly visit mines nearby her house with her dad.
Kira Biener is a rising senior at the University of Michigan and is majoring in climate sciences and impacts engineering, with minors in computer science and geology.
Halina Dingo is a rising senior at Pennsylvania State University where she is majoring in geoscience with minors in English and geophysics and a certificate in GIS.
Shradha Ravikumar is a rising senior at Arizona State University studying astrobiology and astrophysics.
Courtenay Duzet is a geoscience master’s student at the University of Montana. Although she had enjoyed geology and collecting rocks since she was a kid, Courtenay feared that there were no viable career options in the field. She entered her bachelor’s degree at Portland State University as a pharmacy major, but disliked the chemistry courses she needed to take for the program. This led Courtenay to switch majors to physics—specifically astrophysics. She transferred to Oregon State University and took a number of classes on volcanoes, ultimately causing her to change her major again to environmental science with a focus in geology.