kelley1Daniel Kelley; Undergraduate Student

I am starting my fifth year at UWM and am working on my second undergraduate degree in geology, the geophysics option. My first degree is a BA in History from UWM. Outside of the geosciences department I help with astronomy research and work for the Student Success Center as a freshmen mentor. Within the department, I have been helping grad students and professors with some of their research. I am really interested in geochemistry and being able to apply research techniques to better understand both Earth processes and other planetary bodies in our solar system.

  1. Hometown/High School?
    Whitefish Bay, WI
  2. Year in School and expected graduation date?
    Summer 2012
  3. What brought you to UWM?
    Originally because I moved back to Milwaukee.
  4. What convinced you to major in Geosciences?
    Started taking random geology classes and got hooked.
  5. What field of study would you like to go into and how would you describe it to a prospective student?
    Currently, geochemistry is of the greatest interest to me; it’s looking at the chemicals in minerals and Earth processes like gasses being released by volcanics, and understanding why these elements are there.
  6. What's been your best experience so far?
    Being able to conduct research using XRF/XRD techniques.
  7. Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in field trips, field work, or travel as part of your education?
    Yes, several field trips across Wisconsin for structure, mineralogy/petrology, and glacial geology.
  8. Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in a student research project while at UWM?
    Yup, several, for volcanology, structural geology, X-ray analytical methods, and helping professors and grad students with their research. I'm hoping to continue research
  9. What trait or thing has allowed you to succeed in geology?
    Great curiosity for understanding the world around me.
  10. kelley2How would you describe the Department of Geosciences at UWM to a prospective student?
    The most amazing department in the entire university; very friendly and welcoming.
  11. Do you have any advice that you would give to a student who is new to the Geoscience major at UWM?
    Take chances with classes; even if you think you might not like a subject area take a class anyways because you might learn that you love the subject area. Also, talk with the professors, they're all really nice and very helpful.
  12. What do you most enjoy about Milwaukee?
    There is always something to do throughout the year.
  13. What are your plans after you graduate?
    Not really sure, maybe grad school, but hopefully conducting research.

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