emily1_cropEmily Courter; Undergraduate Student

I have grown up for a love of nature and the outdoors since I was little, and knew I wanted do a career that let me enjoy the earth, so why not geology? My mother is also a geologist, and I always had so much fun spelunking through caves or digging for fossils at the top of the Teton Mountains with her. Along with the outdoors, I love to hunt, fish, camp, mountain bike, and cook. My field of interest right now is hydrogeology, taking an environmental approach for a future career. My success so far in geology has been being so lucky to enjoy the great opportunities I have had so far, and there will be many more to come.

Currently I live in Waukesha, and work at Autozone in Menomonee Falls. I have been with the zone for over 7 years, and need a change! I love working on cars (when I have the time and money!) and I play the piano for the geo band, the Drumlins. I also love to karaoke. I enjoy being outdoors, and doing outdoor activities, and obviously just hanging out with good friends. I am a friendly, approachable person, so don’t be afraid to say hi!

  1. Hometown/High School?
    Oshkosh WI, Oshkosh West High
  2. Year in School and expected graduation date?
    Sophomore, Spring 2014.
  3. What brought you to UWM?
    The urban atmosphere, along with all the things to do.
  4. What convinced you to major in Geosciences?
    My Mother is a geologist, and was influenced by her.
  5. What field of study would you like to go into and how would you describe it to a prospective student?
    I want to go into hydrogeology because it works well in an environmental aspect.
  6. What's been your best experience so far?
    My best experience so far in geology has been looking for fossils this past year in Texas.
  7. Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in field trips, field work, or travel as part of your education?
    No, I have not, but through tons of life experiences with my Mother, and for the second part of my life living in Iron Mountain, MI, I have been exposed to great geological structures and opportunities.
  8. Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in a student research project while at UWM?
    Not yet, but would be a great experience to do so.
  9. emily2_cropWhat trait or thing has allowed you to succeed in geology?
    I am a very curious, adventurous scientist, and love to spelunk and explore our earth.
  10. How would you describe the Department of Geosciences at UWM to a prospective student?
    The department is filled with great, down to earth people who are just as big of kids as we are!
  11. Do you have any advice that you would give to a student who is new to the Geoscience major at UWM?
    Some classes linked to an L&S degree can be very difficult, and discouraging, but if you work hard, it all pays off in the end.
  12. What do you most enjoy about Milwaukee?
    Especially in the summer and warmer months, I enjoy the trails and activities on Bradford Beach.
  13. What are your plans after you graduate?
    I plan to travel first as much as I can, and then hopefully be an environmental specialist for an oil or mining company out west.

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