Meet Our Students

Jennifer O.

Major: Earth Science
From the Lions Mouth: 
“My geochemistry professor reached out to me because I had told him I was interested in doing research, and he had a colleague looking for a lab assistant. I went up to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia's earth science research campus, to meet with her. She showed me around the labs, talked about her project (studying the evolution of Earth's mantle) and the work I'd be doing, and asked how soon I could start! It has been such an amazing opportunity so far: I've been trained in safety for handling different chemicals, and I separate minerals for isotope analysis. Because I know that I want to do research down the line in geochemistry, this early exposure in an actual lab has been so valuable.”
My Columbia Day: 
  • For my early wake-up day, I start off the morning right with a trip to Joe Coffee, the best coffee on campus. One chai tea and pumpkin muffin later, I'm ready to take the day by storm!

  • Head up to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia's earth science research campus, to work in Professor Cornelia Class's geochemistry lab. I help analyze volcanic rocks from the Walvis Ridge in the South Atlantic, measuring trace elements and radioactive isotopes to learn about the evolution of the earth's mantle.

  • Go to my Geochemistry for a Habitable Planet class, where we are studying how the earth has evolved and differentiated since its formation. We just learned about how elements are formed in stars and supernovae, and our professor shared Carl Sagan’s famous line about how we are all made of starstuff.

  • Grab dinner before heading over to whitewater kayaking practice at the pool in Dodge Fitness Center! I work on rolls, teach beginners new skills, and plan with the rest of the board for this weekend's trip to paddle down another river in the Tri-State area!