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Renee Mazurek (Class of 2001)

Current Position: Ph.D. student, Idaho State University.

Education: B.S., Geology, Pitt-Johnstown (2001); M.S., Geology, East Carolina University (2003).

Notable Accomplishments: Master's thesis research published as a full-length manuscript in the Journal of Sedimentary Research (2005, vol. 75, p. 12-28); Has made two presentations on original research at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (2002 and 2004); Recipient of Inland Northwest Research Alliance Fellowship.

Past Positions: Explore Yellowstone Workshop Instructor, Sawtooth Science Institute, Idaho, Summer 2005; Research Assistant, Idaho State University, 2004-2005; GIS Technician, Idaho State University, 2003; Research and Teaching Assistant, East Carolina University, 2001-2003.

Personal Statement: "Pitt-Johnstown was the best place to begin my academic career in geology. Not only were the classes thought provoking and well taught, but also the department atmosphere was welcoming and helpful. I was able to establish lasting friendships with both the students and the professors. And, of course, it was at Pitt-Johnstown that I met my husband! My geology career path has been associated with academia thus far. My background education and undergraduate research projects at Pitt-Johnstown lead me to understand better the nature of science and made me more confident to pursue a master's degree at East Carolina University. I graduated in 2 years and moved to Pocatello, Idaho where I continued taking classes toward a Ph.D. at Idaho State University. I began an interdisciplinary degree, focusing on subsurface science, engineering, and environmental law as related to geology. I have decided not to finish the doctorate at this point; however, I still aspire to teach at the college level someday. I have found that the best teachers have been those who branched out and created more experiences for themselves. I have been very inspired by those who have taught me about the Earth, especially those I first learned from at Pitt-Johnstown."

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Last Reviewed: September 11, 2007