Italy—we mapped in the regions of Marche, Umbria, and Tuscany.
What did receiving the J. David Lowell Field Camp Scholarship mean to you?
To me, receiving this scholarship meant that my previous work as a geologist (such as undergraduate research and internships) had paid off and allowed me to attend a class that was not only required for credit, but combined all of my previous geoscience education in a very tangible way.
What did that experience teach you about the geosciences, yourself, and your future career?
It taught me how the things that we learn in geoscience classes aren’t just words and pictures on a page—being able to see the structures and theories that I learned in real life (and during my first time ever leaving the United States!) allowed me to understand them on a much deeper level. Learning about faults and seeing them in front of you are two entirely different experiences. And although as a geophysicist, I won’t necessarily do field mapping specifically in the future, the general field experience taught me how to handle getting data and think like a geologist outside of a lab or classroom setting.
What opportunities did attending field camp provide that you wouldn’t have had otherwise?
Educationally, the ability to combine things I had learned in structural geology, sedimentology, petrology, and many other classes was a great experience. Besides that, receiving scholarships for field camp meant that for the first time in my life, I could afford to go abroad.
In your opinion, how important is field camp for geoscience students?
I believe that it is very important and (as mentioned) combines things that you learn in many other classes. Fieldwork is something required in many subfields of geology, as well, so learning how to do science outside of a lab or classroom setting is important.
Why should individuals support field camp opportunities for students?
Because field camp is an important aspect of becoming a geologist. However, this can cause a financial barrier to many students and deter some from trying to become geologists. Therefore, supporting field camp scholarships and opportunities can break down this barrier and allow a wider range of students to pursue this field.