Alexandria Hidrovo grew up in Harrison, New Jersey. She is part of the McNair Scholars Program and TRiO Scholars Program. In May of 2018, she will graduate from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) with a bachelor of science degree in civil and environmental engineering, and will continue at UNH for her master’s degree. Alexandria wished to share her findings on water treatment and analysis, a project which was funded by a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), with Inquiry’s broader audience. “This assessment showed me that the obvious ‘environmentally friendly’ product isn’t always that much more environmentally friendly when you look at all aspects of its life cycle,” she said. She also realized how important it is to be dedicated and interested in your research subject, because research is a time-consuming process. In reflection, this project gave her a sense of accomplishment; she was able to answer a question that is applicable within her field of interest.