“...biggest impact on my worldview”
Jennifer Heim, Class of 2013
Hometown: Watertown, S.D.
Majors: Environmental Science and Biology
Research title: “Buena Vista North Raccoon River Headwater Project”
“The biggest impact on my worldview was the realization of how important each body of water is in its watershed. Water flowing through Outlet Creek, the stream where I did my research, will eventually make its way to the Gulf of Mexico where people are experiencing more serious water quality issues than we are in Iowa. If we don’t do our part to control what goes into our water, we’re not only hurting ourselves but everyone in the Mississippi River Basin south of us. That’s a lot of people.”
“...how little details of a research project fit into the bigger picture”
Kayla Hartmann, Class of 2014
Hometown: Albert Lea, Minn.
Majors: Environmental Science
Research title: “Sphingomonas breakdown of 17β-estradiol in wastewater treatment”
My research project involved looking for the presence of the specific bacterium, Sphingomonas, in the Storm Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant. The experience was eye-opening because it not only gave me a clearer idea of how research is done, but also allowed me to see how little details of a research project fit into the bigger picture to create meaningful solutions.