Patty is a Geophysics Undergraduate student at the University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences. In December 2018 she received an AGU travel support grant to attend her first ever AGU Fall Meeting, where she was selected to present a poster about UTIG’s Marine Geology and Geophysics Field Course (MG&G), in which she participated in May 2018.
Attending an event with 27,000 colleagues and literally thousands of presentations, talks and meetings has been an eye-opening, sometimes overwhelming experience.
“How do you feel after AGU? Did it meet your expectations? What was the experience of presenting a poster like? Do you think attending has helped you at all?”
The UTIG MG&G Course is an annual three-week, hands-on field course for graduate and upper-level undergraduate students providing hands-on instruction in the collection and processing of marine geological and geophysical data. Part of the course involves spending time on a small research vessel at sea. The research skills she learned on the course would introduce her to a new field.
“The Marine Geophysics course is probably the most unique experience I’ve had at UT,” she told us. “It led to me doing research with Dr. Lowery, and I was able to go on a research cruise later in the summer with Dr. Gulick and Steffen Saustrup (a seismic technician) to gather additional seismic data on the Trinity River Paleovalley. It shifted my research interest from earthquakes to marine geology, and I feel more confident with my abilities because of the class. I feel very grateful to have had the opportunity.”
“Tell me a bit more about your senior project with Chris Lowery? What do you expect to learn from it?”
Patty is due to graduate in Spring 2020 and hopes to go to graduate school to study marine geology and geophysics. She is from southern California and worked for 10 years as a Persian language analyst in the Air Force before deciding she wanted to change careers to something more science-oriented.
“UT has one of the best geology programs in the world so I moved here in 2015 with the intention of applying and hopefully getting in. After doing some pre-requisite courses at ACC, I was accepted as a transfer student for the Fall 2017 semester.”