Sarah Wendlandt; Undergraduate Student
Ever since I can remember I have been interested in sciences. Growing up with both of my parents being science teachers it has been a life of family vacations focused around science conventions, national parks, and museum trips. My father was an earth science/ biology/ chemistry teacher for 30 plus yrs and my mother worked at a small nature center when I was young; they took every opportunity to educate me about beautiful planet earth.
I love traveling, photography, hiking (and many other outdoor activities), and of course rocks collecting! I’m always up to try new things and go on adventures… even if it is just around Milwaukee. I am a geophysics student (BS in Geology) and am interested in geomorphology and glaciology. I have the honor of being elected Vice President of geo-club this year. I was fortunate enough to have received a scholarship from the study abroad program to go to Iceland.
- Hometown/High School?
Small town Iola, Wisconsin and graduated high school from good Ol’ Iola-Scandinavia High School, Go T-birds!
- Year in School and expected graduation date?
Spring 2012 if everything goes smoothly.
- What brought you to UWM?
I started out as a Fine Arts emphasis in photography, and UWM has one of the best UW Art Dept. (with lots of other majors to switch too, good thing).
- What convinced you to major in Geosciences?
After deciding not to major in fine arts I started looking for other possible majors that would suit me. I took geo 100, and have been captivated ever since, a true love story.
- What field of study would you like to go into and how would you describe it to a prospective student?
I’m very interested in Glaciology and Geomorphology. I find the study of glaciers so fascinating because of how it responds to climate, the atmosphere and its effect on sea level.
- What's been your best experience so far?
Going on the trip to Iceland was by far one of the best experiences I have had. Getting the opportunity to go to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, walk on a glacier, hike up volcanoes, go camping, hanging out in a hot spring, and experience a foreign culture…Absolutely amazing.
- Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in field trips, field work, or travel as part of your education?
I had the opportunity to go on the field trip to Iceland for a class.
- Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in a student research project while at UWM?
I would love to do research; I’m trying to talk to a professor right now to help out with some projects going on.
- What trait or thing has allowed you to succeed in geology?
I enjoy nature and traveling opportunities; also I like physics and conceptual understanding and application of it. /li>
- How would you describe the Department of Geosciences at UWM to a prospective student?
The geo dept of UWM is a hidden gem; all the professors really want you to succeed and have fun learning about geology! The geo dept. is fun and full of kind and welcoming people.
- Do you have any advice that you would give to a student who is new to the Geoscience major at UWM?
Get involved and sign up for every opportunity you can! Apply for the classes that have field trips where you travel out of state and other countries (like Iceland), you meet really cool people; also apply for grant and scholarships (I got a grant of $800 to go to Iceland). Being a geophysics student is difficult but very rewarding.
- What do you most enjoy about Milwaukee?
I enjoy the people I get to meet; there is always a new friend to be made. Milwaukee is a fun city and there are so many things to do: gallery night in the third ward, concerts, going to exhibits at the art museum, Lake Michigan, snow-shoeing along the bike path, and Altera. What more could you want out of a city?
- What are your plans after you graduate?
Look for a job and debating on applying to go to grad school and getting my masters in Glaciology or Geomorphology.