Students VISIONS 15

For over two decades, the University of Washington has enabled at-sea experiences for undergraduate and graduate students through cruise participation. The UW has continued its commitment to the OOI Regional Cabled Array effort through use of the 274′ global class Research Vessel Thomas G. Thompson and other UNOLS blue water ships. Each year, as many as 45 undergraduate and graduate students work and study alongside UW researchers, engineers, and the ship’s crew to learn all aspects of seagoing research, ship operations, and life aboard an oceanographic research vessel. During the cruises, students develop projects around the use of robotic vehicles, mapping, and linkages among geological, biological, chemical, and physical oceanographic processes. Students share their experiences with the public through daily blogs. The VISIONS’15 cruise continues this tradition of taking students to sea.
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Quae Atwood

I am a third year-student student majoring Electrical Engineering and minoring in Computer Systems at Western Washington University. Although I am studying technology, I have always enjoyed a fascination for biology. Being a long time surfer and

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Tracie Barry

Tracie Barry has a passion for the natural world encompassed by her philosophy to “always look down.” As an amateur geologist and an avid hiker, she finds herself constantly awed by the treasures that abound in Washington State, both

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Ian Black

I am a senior in Earth Sciences at Oregon State University. Through a rad internship offered by OSU and OOI, I have been given the opportunity to hop aboard the Thompson this summer and to experience science in action. Having spent the last few

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Katie Bigham

This will be my third year at the University of Washington, where I am majoring in Oceanography. Last year I participated on VISIONS'14 and am excited to be back out for VISIONS'15.

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Erin Haphey

I am a senior Oceanography and Marine Biology student at the University of Washington. This is my first research cruise and I am very excited in learning about the biology and physical aspects of the hydrothermal locations, along with the tech u

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Jessie Hild

I am going to enter my 2nd year at UW this coming fall and although I am officially an undeclared major, I am incredibly interested in oceanography, biology, and geology. I am an outdoor enthusiast and I am incredibly captivated by natural proce

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Khadijah Homolka

I am currently a senior in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences (ESS) working towards a geobiology degree. Since the end of my sophomore year, I have been conducting non-traditional isotope geochemistry research in ESS looking at  Mg,

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Alexander Jamshedi

My name is Alexander Jamshedi and  I am currently a junior studying electrical engineering at Western Washington University. I have always been interested with the oceans since they play such an important role for everyone on this planet. W

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Joe Kalisch

My name is Joe Kalisch, and I am currently an undergraduate student studying science at Grays Harbor College. I have a passion for microbes, particularly as they relate to infectious disease control.  As a member of the community who hunts

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Lauren Kowalski

This coming year will be my third at the University of Washington; I am an oceanography major with a minor in geology. Last year, I was lucky enough to be a student participant on the Visions’14 cruise and I am more than thrilled to contin

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Jessica Noe

Jessica Noe is an undergraduate student in the UW Mechanical Engineering and Oceanography departments, returning to school after 10 years in manufacturing.  She has been a student engineer of ocean technology this year, helping to design an

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Krista Nunnally

I am currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, pursuing a degree in Oceanography. My interests include both biological and chemical processes in the ocean as well as micro and macro-fauna at hydrot

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Diana Park

I'm a sophomore studying Geology and Oceanography at the University of Washington. I'm from Daegu, South Korea where I used to hike and raised interest in Earth science. This is my first time participating in a research cruise,

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Emily Peter

I am a Junior studying Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State. I am still searching for what I want to eventually do with  my degree, but I am really enjoying working with the OOI and learning a lot of new things about oceanography. I am re

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Cole Rogers

I am a Sophomore student studying Electrical Engineering at Western Washington University. My interest in Engineering springs from my passion for natural sciences. I became fascinated with the ocean when I took a Survey of Oceanography

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Erica Sampaga

Erica Sampaga is a senior at University of Washington, double majoring in Oceanography and Earth and Space Science: Geology.  She is interested in the deep sea, hydrothermal vents, marine geology, and seafloor mapping.  Erica is also a

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Malea Saul

I am a junior in the Oceanography department at the University of Washington. I am most interested in studying chemical process in the ocean, but I also find the biology around hydrothermal vents to be super intriguing. The ocean is a recent int

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Jesse Turner

Hello there! My name is Jesse Turner and I am a senior in Oceanography at the University of Washington. My passions are endless, but a few of my hobbies include hiking, biking, slacklining, skiing, soccer, and juggling. I am originally from Vash

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Kearstin Williams

I am going into my junior year at the University of Washington and am pursuing a degree in Environmental Science alongside a marine biology minor. Currently I am interested in the ecology of marine species as well as conservation biology. During

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