Nick Fedorchuk; Masters Student
My name is Nick Fedorchuk and I am a first year master’s student with Dr. Stephen Dornbos. I really enjoy playing ice hockey, collecting fossils and watching hours of CNN. With regards to research interests, I enjoy paleontology as well as sedimentology and stratigraphy.
- Previous degrees (Degree and University)?
BA in Geology, The College of Wooster (OH)
- Expected graduation date?
Hopefully Spring 2014
- What is your field of study and how would you describe it to a prospective graduate student?
? I am studying some of the earliest microbes to colonize terrestrial environments during the Precambrian. In particular, I am looking at a new technique to distinguish between stromatolite structures created by microbes and those created by abiogenic processes as well as applications of this technique towards the search for past life on Mars.
- What brought you to UWM to study Geosciences for your graduate degree?
I wanted to work with Dr. Dornbos because I had read some of his previous work and found it super interesting.
- What's been your best experience so far?
The people in the department have been extremely welcoming and friendly. It is an awesome environment to work in.
- In graduate School, have you gotten the opportunity to travel as part of your education?
Even though I have only completed one semester of graduate school I have already gotten a chance to travel to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for Dylan Wilmeth’s research. I also know that I will be traveling plenty more in the future as I do my own research and present it at conferences!
- What trait or thing has allowed you to succeed in graduate school?
Having good friends can definitely help you stay focused and make the work more enjoyable. Also, the ability to multi-task helps when you are trying to teach and stay focused on your own classes.
- Do you have any advice that you would give to a new graduate student in your program?
So far, I would say that you should find a way to combine your class projects with your possible research interests so that you are killing two birds with one stone.
- What has been the hardest part about being a graduate student?
The hardest part for me has been grading. It is a big time drain, especially when you want to work on classwork or your research.
- What are your plans after you graduate?
I would like to work in the oil and gas industry.
- How would you describe the Department of Geosciences at UWM to a prospective student?
? I would describe the department as a friendly and cooperative work environment. Everyone seems to get along well and is willing to help you with some aspect of your research.
- What has been your favorite activity while you've been in Graduate School in Milwaukee?
Hanging out with department friends after a stressful week!
- What do you most enjoy about Milwaukee?
I really enjoy the parks along the lake as well as the food options around town.