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2020-2021 Cohort

Andrew Marden

I’m a senior Civil Engineering student in the Honors Academy with a serious passion for anything outdoors.  I have always been math and science oriented so I picked engineering as a major with the end goal of trying to create environmentally-friendly structures for a world that needs them now more than ever.  I’m very excited to participate in this project because I see it as an opportunity to combine my civil engineering background with earth science by learning about landslides and earthquakes along with the damage they cause and how they can be better prevented.  My interests outside of school include wildlife photography and music, where I play saxophone, keyboard, and sing in a band.  I’m really looking forward to participating in this project over the next year!

Lea Vecchiarelli

I am a Rutgers Bioenvionmental Engineering student expected to graduate in 2021. I have always had a strong interest in geology, and I hope to combine that with my problem solving skills to contribute to this amazing team of mentors and students. I am very lucky to be part of such a well organized program as my first research experience, and am looking forward to learning from everyone since we all come from different majors. I hope to be able to travel to Costa Rica one day, and work alongside the mentors in person. In my free time I enjoy knitting, kayaking and hiking. 

Blakely Aronson

I am a physics undergraduate student and researcher at Rutgers University. Under the guidance of Dr. Geraldine Cochran, I assisted in teaching undergraduate physics through the Learning Assistant Program at Rutgers in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. I am now a member of Dr. Cochran’s research team studying the APS Bridge Program. In the summer of 2019, after attending the University of Michigan’s Nuclear Science School, I conducted astronomy research at UT Austin under the direction of Rebecca Larson and Dr. Steven Finkelstein. AAS invited me to present those results at its annual conference in Honolulu, HI this past January. In my free time, I like to act, perform music, and volunteer at a local EMT squad. I am extremely proud to be part of the GREAT program, and hope to apply the scientific knowledge and skills I learn here to improving the lives of people through engineering.

Anirudh Patel

I am part of the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program and am expecting to graduate in 2022 with a degree in planetary physics and philosophy. I am an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, spending much of my time at the beach or on the trails. When I am not running or studying for exams, you can find me on the Raritan river, coxing boats for the Rutgers Men’s Crew. My passion for the outdoors, along with my ambitions in the classroom, have motivated me to gain a strong understanding of the natural sciences in order to help improve our society’s relationship with this planet. I am very excited to be a part of the GREAT project since it will be a big step forward in my journey towards achieving this! In the future, I hope to continue pursuing these goals in graduate school.

Renée Ghosh

I’m a junior at Rutgers University, majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Political Science. I’ve always been fascinated by how much of the universe is unknown, and by the particular methods used to study space. Recently, I’ve been learning more about how studying Earth is the best way to investigate other planets, especially since the Earth is host to so many unexplainable phenomena and natural wonders. I’m so excited to be a part of an international team of researchers who are working to make our planet (and by extension, the universe) a little less of a mystery.

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