starr_cropKimberly Starr; Undergraduate Student

I switched majors from Anthropology to Geoscience two and a half years into college. Best decision ever. Yes, I was one of those kids who would constantly stare at the ground looking for “cool rocks.” I did not just have a rock tumbler. I had two. At the moment there is no particular field in geology that wins me over more than another, but I have been having lots of fun on Paleo Club outings. In general I get such a kick out of standing somewhere or holding something and imagining how it formed and what it was like so many years ago. It makes the earth into a giant constantly changing puzzle. Joining this department has taught me so much, and given me more opportunities than I could have ever imagined. By ways unbeknown to me I have found myself in a number of honor societies including Golden Key, Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi.

  1. Hometown/High School?
    Currently Saukville. Attended Homestead for most of high school
  2. Year in School and expected graduation date?
    Super senior. Sometime in 2012.
  3. What brought you to UWM?
    Location, and originally the price.
  4. What convinced you to major in Geosciences?
    I took Geo 100 to fill an L&S requirement and after some time off of school to contemplate, I decided to change majors from Anthropology and focus on Geoscience.
  5. What field of study would you like to go into and how would you describe it to a prospective student?
    Not entirely sure on that yet.
  6. What's been your best experience so far?
    Any time I get to travel and learn about rocks with fun people is a great time. Paleo club is a blast too of course.
  7. Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in field trips, field work, or travel as part of your education?
    Always on the go for learning, whether it is down the street to the lake or all the way down to the Gulf coast. Have done lots in Wisconsin and Michigan, and have also been to Indiana, Florida, and Montana.
  8. Have you gotten the opportunity to participate in a student research project while at UWM?
    Not yet.
  9. What trait or thing has allowed you to succeed in geology?
    Being curious by nature has certainly led me to look closely at things that many people would often overlook. I love figuring out the “how” and “why” to everything. Also lots of help from students and professors.
  10. How would you describe the Department of Geosciences at UWM to a prospective student?
    Home away from home. There are so many helpful, smart, friendly people. It is always refreshing to walk into an office and see a pile of rocks and realize that you are not the only one.
  11. Do you have any advice that you would give to a student who is new to the Geoscience major at UWM?
    Jump in on things and ask questions whenever you feel like it.
  12. What do you most enjoy about Milwaukee?
    Meet interesting people.
  13. What are your plans after you graduate?
    Will see where the rocks take me.

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