Victoria Lynn Ward
Senior Victoria Ward of Germantown, Maryland, is an environmental science major with a concentration in hydrology and a minor in French. A member of the University Honors program, Victoria never thought of writing for Inquiry until an editor suggested she describe her summer research experience with Dr. Ruth Varner’s Northern Ecosystems Research for Undergraduates program (NERU). Having worked with Dr. Varner previously, Victoria saw her research on soil hydrogen as a perfect opportunity to continue working with Dr. Varner and to contribute data to a process that she says is “important yet poorly understood.” Her research formed the basis for her honors thesis and was funded by NERU and a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Abroad from the Hamel Center. Participating in Dr. Varner’s program reaffirmed how much she enjoys field work and helped her to become more confident in her research abilities. Upon graduating in May, Victoria plans to go on to graduate school where she hopes to focus on whole earth systems modeling.