Councilor – Kathy Surpless

Kathy Surpless is at Trinity University (Texas).  She was a GeoCUR Councilor from 2006 to 2012 and a CUR member since 2005.  Kathy is also the recipient of a NSF CAREER Award (#0846695).

“Mentoring undergraduate students embarking on their first major research project is extremely rewarding because many students begin to think of themselves as scientists for the first time during the course of research. Student involvement also directly benefits both my research and my teaching: students bring a new perspective and energy to problems, their involvement forces me to keep in mind the larger picture and significance of the research, and their short time frame for research keeps my research program progressing forward. This steady research activity keeps me current in my field, which in turn keeps my teaching fresh.”

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