The summer following her freshman year, Lenna Blaser '14 dove into environmental science research. Working with the head of the Environmental Studies Department, Dr. Germán Mora, Blaser conducted water quality tests on Goucher's campus and four other sites in the Chesapeake Bay area to observe how urbanization affects stream quality.
Blaser and her group of fellow student-researchers brought their findings to the Landmark Summer Research Conference and won their poster division: She loved the work so much that she continued her research the following summer: "It's great to go to a small school where you can get the opportunity to get into the lab even before sophomore year."
Blaser went on a three-week International Course Abroad to South Africa that focused on civil society and social change and "solidified" her resolve to work with communities. With concentrations in environmental science and life science, Blaser is intent on bringing a strong scientific perspective to whatever she does in the future. "I want to be able to interpret science," she says, to bridge the divide she sees between science, public knowledge, and policy.