Ashley Abraham Recalls Summer Research Experience

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Undergraduate Student Ashley Abraham in the Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology Research Center with Dr. Brian Cousens

Undergraduate Student Ashley Abraham in the
Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology Research Center with Dr. Brian Cousens 

 

This past summer, B.Sc.H. Chemistry and Earth Sciences student Ashley Abraham was selected for a Dean's Summer Research Internship (DSRI). These awards are offered to exceptional science students the summer after their first year of study. They are paid positions, which provide students with the opportunity to contribute to the research of a Carleton faculty member. 

Hear what Ashley has to say about her experience:

 

I can truly say that the Dean's Summer Research Internship (DSRI) has been one of the best experiences I have ever had. Being one of the few students in the Chemistry and Earth Science combined honours program, I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to do research with Dr. Brian Cousens in the Isotope Geochemistry and Geochronology Research Centre. Working in this facility is usually restricted to fourth year students or graduate students.

I am very grateful to have received funding for the DSRI because I would not have had any chance to gain experience working in a radiogenic isotope lab doing both chemistry and mass spectrometry.  Otherwise, opportunities are quite limited to get into a research position as a student that just finished the first year of my degree. Every morning, I woke up with enthusiasm for the workday ahead, knowing I would be challenged with learning new subject matter, new techniques and working with new equipment. Even more rewarding was applying all that I learned each day to piece together data I was collecting and make connections and discoveries in my work.

It really has propelled me forward ahead by many years and has opened new opportunities for me within the department.  I have new goals, and discovered a great interest in the field of isotope geochemistry. Going forward in my degree, I now have even more purpose and understanding as to how my courses prepare me for application in future careers. 

 

Ashley Abraham
Second Year student in BSc. Combined Honours Earth Science and Chemistry Program