Undergrad internships & research - Summer 2010

June 1, 2010

Geography undergrads are busy this summer doing work related to the fields. Twenty-eight of them report they are interning or conducting field research. Here’s a breakdown:

Jen Spinelli will be the farthest from State College this summer. She’s going to Tanzania to do research with Petra Tschakert’s ALCCAR project on climate change and community perspectives. She says she'll be bouncing around communities near Mount Kilimanjaro collecting rainfall data to compare to past averages and interviewing people to understand how they perceive climate change and indicators they use to predict weather events.

Seven are doing a biogeography internship for Alan Taylor. Joe Bowser and Taylor Feinstein are in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Evan Griffin and Kyle Martin are in Cub Creek, and Melissa Harkavy, Warren Reed and Ben Wharton are at Lake Tahoe.

Steve Butzler and Halina Sundy are doing a GIS internship with Cindy Brewer and the Gould Center and working on pieces of the national topographic map. Andy Stauffer also has a GIS internship, with Riparia and Joe Bishop.

Alan Cunningham has an internship with Land Services Group in Wellsboro, Pa.

Charles Ferrer is interning with U.S. Sen. John Tester in Washington, D.C. Charles will do some administrative work as well as research issues like health care, education, the environmental, agriculture and foreign policy. He’s looking forward to a firsthand experience at what a career with government and politics entails. He’s also interested to see how science is used to help shape and form public policy.

Samantha Pedder is interning with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in State College.

Michelle Renn is interning with National Geographic in Washington, D.C., as a Geography intern in the Education Programs Division.

Audra Kershner is interning with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in Harrisburg.

Lauren Herwehe is doing a research internship at the University of Kiel in Germany. She’s studying the landscape of the area during the late Holocene period under human influences. She’ll be using mud and soil samples to try to better understand how the climate changed in the area and how it affected early humans.

Sean Graydon, Andrew Herbert, Brent Newman, and James Yulich are doing research with Andrew Carleton.

Jinlong Yang is doing research with Alex Klippel.

Dan Tauriello has an internship with U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell.

Joanna Sobel has an internship with Scripps Networks International in New York.

Kirsten Luzik is interning with the U.S. Office of Surface Mining in Pittsburgh.

Evan Klauda is interning with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Ben Finch has an internship with GeoVISTA.

James Cunningham has an internship with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office for Research and Planning. He will expand upon a geocoding project begun in his GEOG 363 class, as well as update archdiocesan parcel and property boundaries, and assisting in the preparation/collection for its own Census 2010 data.