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Councilor – David Szymanski

Dave Szymanski is an associate professor of geology and Chair of the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Bentley University. He’s been a CUR member since 2012 and became a GeoCUR councilor in 2018. “I work mainly with undergraduate business

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Councilor – Ken Brown

Ken Brown is a Teaching Assistant Professor at West Virginia University. He began serving as a GeoCUR Councilor in 2017. “As a Teaching Assistant Professor at WVU, one of my primary goals is to provide a memorable classroom experience that

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Councilor – Kristina Walowski

Kristina Walowski is an Assistant Professor of Geology at Middlebury College. She started as a GeoCUR Council in 2018. “For my research, I primarily utilize melt inclusions (tiny blobs of magma trapped in crystals) and mafic minerals (olivine, pyroxene, and

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Councilor – Lydia Fox

Lydia Fox is at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton CA where she is both Director of Undergraduate Research and a professor in the Dept. of Geological & Environmental Sciences.  She has been a GeoCUR Councilor for many years

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Councilor – Dan Brabander

Dan Brabander is a Professor of Geosciences, Frost Professor Environmental Sciences, at Wellesley College. Fostering integration as a way of thinking. Brabander offers “Big Idea” courses that introduce systems thinking in applied and messy problem spaces. Course goals are centered

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Councilor – Sarah Fortner

Sarah Fortner is an assistant professor of geology and environmental science at Wittenberg University. She has been a GeoCUR councilor since 2012. “Mentoring undergraduate research brings me great joy! As we work through the scientific method, my students learn how

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Councilor – Lee Phillips

Lee Phillips is the Director of the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where he is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Geology. Lee has been a member of CUR since 2006 and a Councilor

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Councilor – Erin Kraal

Erin is at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.  She began serving as a councilor in 2011. “I was lucky to have a series of great undergraduate research experience when I was in college that helped shaped my scientific, personal, and world

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Councilor – Jeff Ryan

Jeff Ryan is a Professor in the School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida.  He first became a GeoCUR member in 1996 and a Councilor in 2000 “It was trying to learn how to mentor undergraduate researchers both

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Councilor – Meagen Pollock

Meagen Pollock is an Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at The College of Wooster. She began serving as a GeoCUR Councilor in 2009. “CUR’s mission naturally aligns with my interests in research and teaching. At The College of Wooster, all

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Councilor – Elizabeth Heise

Elizabeth Heise is at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in the Environmental Sciences Program. She joined CUR in 2008 and served as a Councilor from 2009 to the present. “I was an undergraduate researcher at UCLA, That experience lead

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Councilor – Jeff Marshall

Jeff Marshall is a Professor of Geology and Campus Coordinator for Undergraduate Research at Cal Poly Pomona University. Jeff Marshall is a geomorphologist with research and teaching expertise in neotectonics, geologic hazards, coastal processes, river dynamics, and watershed restoration. He

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Councilor – Pat Manley

Pat Manley is a Professor of Geology at Middlebury College.  She has been a Councilor for the geoscience division since 2004. “The interaction between professor and student has proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences I have had

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