Alexis Eaton

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Alexis Eaton, a sophomore from Wallingford, Connecticut, is an environmental engineering and sustainability dual major at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). Alexis is a member of the University Honors Program and the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. She conducted her research on hormone concentrations in wastewater through the Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP). She feels that it was a rewarding process and that she has grown by taking part in this opportunity. Alexis found that the most satisfying part of research was getting results that made sense; she saw trends in preliminary tests that she could put into context and explain. Because of the pandemic, she had to be cautious about working with wastewater samples, because COVID-19 could be present in them. This reality allowed her to practice lab safety skills, which she hopes to further develop this summer by partaking in a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to continue studying emerging contaminants. Alexis hopes her Inquiry article will raise awareness about her research topic as well as inspire undergraduates to take advantage of research opportunities. Following graduation in 2024, Alexis hopes to work for the Environmental Protection Agency or the National Park Service and anticipates that grad school will be a part of her future. Writing for Inquiry allowed her to practice skills that she hopes to use in her professional career.