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Student Profile: Valerie George
“Most of my interests,” says Valerie George, “don’t fit together.”
Valerie is an artist, a short-story writer, a kayaker and an Ultimate Frisbee champion. She came to RIT because it seemed to her the best of both worlds—a rigorous science school with a great arts program.
What she’s liked best so far was being able to hit the ground running with science and lab courses. During her freshman year, she worked a co-op job providing environmental health and safety product support at Xerox Corp. It gave her a valuable inside look at environmental regulations from the corporate point of view.
Her sophomore year, she chose a summer co-op working with Professor Elizabeth N. Hane’s Northern Hardwood Calcium Cycling Project. A wilderness camper most of her life, Valerie favors this hands-on work outdoors.
“This year I aim to do a lot of research in the field,” she says. “I’m gaining skills I’m going to use my whole career.”
Students of RIT’s ES program are studying everything from the effects of acid rain to lead contamination in the inner city. Below is a sampling of some research opportunities currently available:
- Northern Hardwood Calcium Cycling Project
- University/Community Partnerships: Community-Based research Opportunities in Community Sustainability, Urban Ecology and Related Areas
- Assessing Wetland and Riparian Zone Health and Extent in the Rochestor Embayment Area of Concern
- Mapping Lead Hazards and Assessing Potential Environmental Hazards for Vacant Properties in Rochester’s Sector 10
- Avian Conservation - General
- Evaluation of Riparian Zone Restoration using Bird Banding Techniques
- Eyes in the Forest Project
- Refueling Performance of Songbirds at Migration Stopover Sites
- An Assessment of Wild Fruit Nutritional Quality for Migrating Songbirds
- The Use of Microalgae to treat various types of wastewater
- Degradation of various types of plastics and paper in simulated soil and composting ecosystems
- Isolation and characterization of bacteria from various water sources capable of degrading personal care products and pharmaceuticals