adam1_cropAdam Ryan; Undergraduate Student

I was originally a Journalism major looking to get into broadcast, but after two years of that I switched into the Geosciences department after taking an introduction course to fulfill my GER. Growing up I've always been interested in various sciences varying from Paleontology to Astronomy, and Geology just seemed to click for me once I took the course. Geology is such an interesting subject because it involves lots of complex processes ranging from microscopic mineral grains all the way up to the entirety of the earth itself.

I'd have to say my favorite part is being out in the field, whether its measuring the flow of a mountain stream, or climbing a basalt outcrop. I don't have a specialization at the moment, but if I decide to go further with my education I'd consider probably Hydrology or Geomorphology. Right now I'd like to find a job and see where that takes me.

  1. Hometown/High School?
    Milwaukee, WI
  2. Year in School and expected graduation date?
    I'm a super senior graduating in December 2011. Only a few weeks left!
  3. What brought you to UWM?
    Wanted to stay in Milwaukee, and I originally started out looking to get into Journalism.
  4. What convinced you to major in Geosciences?
    I've always likes science and the outdoors. I guess it was only natural. After taking an introductory course to fulfill my GER I ended up really enjoying it and switching majors the next semester.
  5. What field of study would you like to go into and how would you describe it to a prospective student?
    I'm looking to get into possibly something involving mining or environmental consulting. Not quite sure yet.
  6. What's been your best experience so far?
    I'd definitely say my five weeks of field camp out in Oregon. Very interesting geology out there, met a lot of cool people and got to see a lot of neat places. Very different topography from Wisconsin.
  7. Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in field trips, field work, or travel as part of your education?
    Most courses have a mandatory field trip involved, usually they go to cool places in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. I've also been down to Indiana and Florida as well, and I spent 5 weeks in the Klamath Mountains in Oregon for my field camp. There's usually always somewhere to go if you look.
  8. Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in a student research project while at UWM?
    There's been a couple.
  9. What trait or thing has allowed you to succeed in geology?
    I think mainly my love of the outdoors, as well as my curiosity.
  10. How would you describe the Department of Geosciences at UWM to a prospective student?
    A great department with a lot of great people! Everyone's very helpful and friendly, staff and students alike.
  11. Do you have any advice that you would give to a student who is new to the Geoscience major at UWM?
    Have fun and do what you find most interesting. Get involved in an organization like Geology Club or Paleo club and don't be afraid to join in on projects or start your own.
  12. What do you most enjoy about Milwaukee?
    I've lived here my whole life. There's always a lot of interesting places to go.
  13. What are your plans after you graduate?
    Find a job in the field somewhere interesting.

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