Anna Dlugolecki_cropAnna Dlugolecki; Masters Student


My area of study is hydrogeology with research focusing on geochemistry and solute transport. I first came to UWM as a special student in 2009 to gain more knowledge about geology; my undergrad degree is a BS in Anthro/Bio/Chem. My interest in water resources is what sparked a change in direction and a desire to pursue a grad degree.

I’ve lived in NY, northern CA, and spent a couple summers in AK. I really liked to move around, but now I accomplish that type of adventure with the occasional cross country road trip. This year is proving to be especially exciting, in a completely new way, as I recently got married and we’re expecting a new addition to the family pretty soon.

  1. Hometown?
    Milwaukee
  2. Previous degrees (Degree and University)?
    BS in Anthro/Bio/Chem CUNY-Herbert Lehman College 2007
  3. Expected graduation date?
    Spring 2013
  4. What is your field of study and how would you describe it to a prospective graduate student?
    Hydrogeology, it examines the chemical and physical characteristics of groundwater flow and the interactions between surface water and groundwater.
  5. What brought you to UWM to study Geosciences for your graduate degree?
    I wanted to return to Milwaukee, but I also wanted to pursue a grad degree related to water resources, lucky for me UWM has a great program.
  6. What's been your best experience so far?
    It’s hard to choose one, I couldn’t be happier with the program and the awesome department-faculty, staff, and classmates. I have to say that I will never forget the field trips, and not just because I have a handful of little yellow write in rain notebooks.
  7. In graduate School, have you gotten the opportunity to travel as part of your education?
    Travel for my research has been local; field trips have been statewide and also have included excursions to Upper MI. There is so much geologic diversity to explore here. We’re in a truly unique environment.
  8. What trait or thing has allowed you to succeed in graduate school?
    Diligence, I know how important education is and its necessity in building skills which can be applied in other areas beyond the classroom.
  9. Do you have any advice that you would give to a new graduate student in your program?
    Everyone has their own survival strategy; you’ll figure it out soon enough, just stay calm and focused. As long as you choose an area that you’re really interested in you’ll be motivated.
  10. What has been the hardest part about being a graduate student?
    There are minor things like sleep and free time, but I’ve already gotten so much out of my grad experience that those don’t seem like a big deal in the long run. I just remember the saying “You’ll sleep when you’re dead.” It’s a bit grim but effective at 5am.
  11. What are your plans after you graduate?
    The goal is to find work in some aspect of water resource protection/remediation. I would like to find a position which I can still be somewhat hands on in the field.
  12. How would you describe the Department of Geosciences at UWM to a prospective student?
    One of the best choices you’ll ever make. There is sense of comradery which makes for a great learning environment. The professors have an open door policy and are exceptional at guiding you in the right direction.
  13. What has been you r favorite activity while you've been in Graduate School in Milwaukee?
    This is corny – literally, but I get super excited about sneaking off for my occasional guilty pleasure from the union CORN DOGS! They are so scrumptious!
  14. What do you most enjoy about Milwaukee?
    I like checking out the local haunts in different neighborhoods and the smaller towns in the surrounding counties. It probably goes back to the road trip mentality, seeking out little adventures.

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