Senior Environmental Science major Devin Smith, a 2016 Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellow, presented her research at the 2016 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.
Devin’s poster titled "Evaluating the Relationship Among Land Use Change, Sediment and Nutrient Export, with Nearshore Coral Health" was awarded Outstanding Student Poster in the Environmental and Engineering Division Geology Student Research Competition. The project is advised by Dr. Steven Goldsmith with assistance from Dr. Lisa Rodrigues (GEV).
On Devin's conference experience:
"My trip to Denver to attend the Geological Society of America (GSA) 2016 Conference was an incredibly experience that allowed me to expand my knowledge, improve my presentation skills and share my summer research with other scientists. It was a lot of fun to present my poster and ‘tell the story’ of the system that I studied in south western Puerto Rico. I was award best poster and presentation for the Environmental and Engineering Geology Division Undergraduate Research Poster Competition. I worked very hard on my project over the course of this summer and I am very proud to have represented the Department of Geography and the Environment and Villanova University at GSA.
Not only did I appreciate the presentation aspect of the trip, the conference as a whole was interesting and I enjoyed attending different presentations and learning in depth information about topics that I am well versed in as well as topics that I am still learning about. Furthermore, I made contacts with students and faculty within my field, growing my professional connections. I want to thank CRF for awarding me the summer VURF grant and providing me with the opportunity and funds to travel to GSA. As I have said, it was an incredible experience that helped me grow as an individual and an academic."