The EWU McNair Scholars' Program would like to recognize McNair Scholar Darlene Gilroy (2018-19 cohort) for presenting her original research at the 2019 Murdock College Science Research Conference held November 8th-9th in Vancouver, Washington. Darlene's research project, Chemical Weathering of Mt. St. Helens Volcanic Sediments, was completed in the summer of 2019 as part of the EWU McNair Summer Research Internship. Dr. Carmen Nezat of the EWU Department of Geology was Darlene's research mentor for this project.
From the Murdock Charitable Trust website:
The conference focuses on sharing and advancing new knowledge in the natural sciences created or discovered through collaborative faculty-student research.
Attendance at the conference is invitation-only, and this year's theme was Collaboration – A Key to Success in Undergraduate Research. Darlene offered to share her experiences with us, saying, "I felt blessed to be able to attend such a wonderful and prestigious conference. I used this as an opportunity to practice presenting on a conference level. I was truly inspired by the research that was being presented by fellow conference attendees. It was also a wonderful opportunity to network with fellow Environmental Science/ Geology students from different institutions, as well as bond with the three other Eastern students who attended. #GeologyRocks."
Now that she has returned, Darlene is focused on applying for summer undergraduate research opportunities next year where she will continue her academic and scholarly endeavors. Congratulations, Darlene, on your fantastic accomplishment!