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Liz Hajek '02

posted Feb 13, 2012, 1:55 PM by Macalester geoclub   [ updated Feb 13, 2012, 1:56 PM ]
"After graduating from Mac, I worked as a substitute teacher for Special Ed. district (NE Metro 916) and continued research in both the geography and geology departments at Mac.  During that year I had a chance to further explore my interests and decide where to apply for grad school. I went to the University of Wyoming for my MS and Ph.D. I then did a post doc at the University of Minnesota, and now I'm an assistant professor at Penn State - I love it!

"Some advice - if you're interested in grad school, take as much math (and physics and chemistry) as you can while at Mac. These "hard" sciences should be just as much a part of a liberal arts education as, well, the arts, because, like the humanities and social sciences, they provide an important perspective and language which we can use explore and understand the world around us. Also, to get into a good grad school for geology it helps very much to demonstrate a solid background and aptitude in math and physics (and chemistry, if you're geochem/paleobio focused). And even if you're not planning on grad school for geology, these quantitative skills, in my opinion, are universally practical and useful, so embrace them!"