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Alumni Vignettes & News

Undergraduate alumni:

Hannah Slyce ’16 BS Environmental Sciences
Ms. Slyce is working with Three Oaks Engineering. Three Oaks is an environmental consulting firm with headquarters in Durham, NC, but with a small office in Columbia. Hannah has been doing field surveys for a variety of animals, and is being trained in wetland delineations.

Melissa Sims, ‘12 BS Geophysics
Ms. Sims is a doctoral student at Stony Brook University. She is the product of a new initiative at Stony Brook University called “A Career Path for African-American Students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities to National Laboratories.” The initiative teaches marketable skills, places students in internships, and fosters the professional career tracks of underrepresented minorities. While at USC, she worked as an intern with ESRI-SC.

Beth Ann Bell ’08 BS Geological Sciences
Dr. Bell was a McNair Scholar and Goldwater Scholar as an undergraduate at USC, and did research funded by a Magellan grant in Dr. Dave Barbeau’s lab. Having received an NSF graduate fellowship award, she earned a doctoral degree at UCLA and is a post-doctoral fellow there. She is the first author of a recent paper that pushes back the date for the origins of life by 300 million years.

Elizabeth Galinis ’01 BS Marine Sciences
Ms. Galinis earned a master’s at Johns Hopkins in environmental science and policy, after completing her BS in marine sciences at USC. She worked as an administrative at the National Academy of Sciences, before switching careers to become a science teacher at Hayfield Secondary School in Fairfax, VA. She recently won the prestigious Milken Educator Award.


Graduate Alumni:

Kusala Rajendran, (PhD. 1992) Geological Sciences
Earth scientist Dr. Kusala Rajendran talks about chasing and predicting earthquakes, teaching geophysics and more:  Finding "Faults with Kusala Rajendran

Obi Egbue ’11 PhD Geological Sciences
Dr. Egbue is working as a geoscientist for BP America. He previously worked for Chesapeake Oilfield Services – Nomac Services after graduation.

Jacob Rougeaux, ’13 MEERM
Mr. Rougeaux is working as a GIS technician at WSOS Community Action in New Brighton, PA.

Anuj Patwardhan, ’13 MEERM
Mr. Patwardhan is an environmental health manager with the South Carolina Dept. of Health and Environmental Control. He works with the onsite waterwater program. Previously he worked after graduation as a Park Ranger for the City of Columbia and the Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commision in S.C.

Margaret Palmer, ’79 MS, ‘83 PhD Marine Sciences
Dr. Palmer is Professor in the Entomology Dept and in the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Chesapeake Biological Laboratory at the University of Maryland. She is also the Director of the National Socio-environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) . Along with a colleague, she received the 2016 Sustainability Award from the Ecological Society of America, among many other awards. Her research focuses on watershed sciences and restoration science, including the adverse effects of strip mining on streams and creeks in Appalachia. Her work continues to be featured in various media from the Colbert Report to the Christian Science Monitor.