Jessica1_cropJessica Morman; Undergraduate Student

Throughout my teenage years I spent many days after school hiking up and down the trails of the Southern Kettle Moraine with my dog, Yukon. I would imagine the miles of ice that once occupied and shaped the area; I knew that I had found an interest. Being healthy both physically and mentally is extremely important to me and being outdoors allows for me to indulge in both. At the end of my undergraduate career I will be graduating with a B.S in geology and a minor in conservation and environmental sciences.

  1. Hometown/High School?
    Mukwonago WI. Mukwonago High School
  2. Year in School and expected graduation date?
    Super duper senior, Spring 2014
  3. What brought you to UWM?
    It’s in my blood; both my parents graduated from UWM.
  4. What convinced you to major in Geosciences?
    Nature has always been at the forefront of my life. I grew up hiking, camping and fishing; learning an appreciation and respect for our earth. Moving to the city instilled these values and made me want to understand earth even more.
  5. What field of study would you like to go into and how would you describe it to a prospective student?
    Igneous petrology and/or structural geology. I love when the earth offers us a glimpse at the immense energy and power it holds. Both areas of study uncover the origin, composition, distribution and structure of rocks.
  6. What's been your best experience so far?
    The field trips and everyone in the department has made my undergrad such a memorable experience. Awesome people and awesome places.
  7. Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in field trips, field work, or travel as part of your education?
    Yes, many field trips have been taken, both with the department and personally. I will miss the bus rides!
  8. jessica2_cropHave you gotten the opportunity to participate in a student research project while at UWM?
    Not yet.
  9. What trait or thing has allowed you to succeed in geology?
    Remembering that ‘every little thing will be alright’ has helped me through the stressful times. It is important to keep a positive attitude and a goal in mind. With that said, I have to thank my friends, family and music for always being there. Keep on truckin’!
  10. How would you describe the Department of Geosciences at UWM to a prospective student?
    The department has to be one of the best at the university. The faculty is extremely nice, helpful and down to earth. A lot of research is being done within the department, putting the Department of Geosciences at UWM on the map!
  11. Do you have any advice that you would give to a student who is new to the Geoscience major at UWM?
    Believe in yourself and don’t be intimidated. Work hard and know that there are people here to help.
  12. What do you most enjoy about Milwaukee?
    The music scene. There are tons of talented people in this city; go out there and find them!
  13. What are your plans after you graduate?
    Ideally... be a ski bum for a while. Realistically... wherever life takes me!

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