— Former research students earn accolades

April 3rd, 2013
by Eric Grosfils


One of the best parts of my job as a faculty member is the opportunity I have to perform research with talented students. The group above, which came together to perform a numerical modeling project in the summer of 2011, is a great example… and it has been almost as much fun following their subsequent activities. I reported previously on Ben Murphy ’13 (back, second from right), who won a 2012 Goldwater Scholarship, and I’m very proud to report that Kyle Metcalf ’14 (front, left) now joins him as a 2013 Goldwater recipient. In addition, I am delighted to report that Lorelei Curtin ’13 (back, middle) has been selected as a Fulbright Graduate Scholar, and in that role she will begin research on the lovely South Island of New Zealand next year. My heartfelt congratulations go out to Kyle and Lorelei!

Each student carves their own path forward, and nothing makes me happier than to see individuals tap into their strengths as they pursue their own interests. Shelley Chestler ’12 (front, middle), for example, is now part of the strong graduate program at the University of Washington, where she continues to pursue her interests in quantitative geoscience. Following a very different but equally challenging path, Julita Penido ’12 of Mt. Holyoke (back, second from left) has chosen to pursue her interests in film and theater here in southern California (I can’t help but imagine how great it would be to have an actual scientist playing the lead role in some future geology-themed blockbuster!). Rounding out the group, Gustavo Ruiz ’13 (back, right) and James Muller ’13 (front, right) are still enmeshed in their senior year responsibilities, but as they prepare to make their own leaps forward I am eager to see what these two engaging fellows choose to do next!

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