Audrey (Mohr) Boerner ’11, a UW-Eau Claire geology graduate who currently is pursuing a master of science degree in earth and atmospheric science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
The NSF program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.
Boerner, who participated in student-faculty research in the UW-Eau Claire geology department for three years, said those opportunities prepared her exceptionally well for her current pursuits.
“The quality and depth of the research experiences not only prepared me to pursue a graduate degree, but also made me a competitive candidate for national fellowships, such as the NSF fellowship,” Boerner said. “I’m so thankful for the research opportunities and mentoring I received in the geology department, especially from Dr. Kent Syverson (professor and chair of geology) and Dr. Katherine Grote (associate professor of geology). My experiences at UW-Eau Claire helped me to discern a career path I am passionate about, focusing on groundwater restoration and public outreach.”
More about the NSF program is available at www.nsfgrfp.org.