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Students Featured in College of Science Newsletter

Students Featured in College of Science Newsletter

Student Spotlight: Katlyn Sewell and Michelle Sabo

On June 3rd, geology students Katlyn Sewell and Michelle Sabo boarded a plane in Louisville to begin a geology adventure they will never forget. They spent the next five weeks studying field geology along the North Anatolian Fault in western Turkey, widening their cultural horizons, and making new friends from around the world. Sewell, a Lexington native, first discovered the opportunity when she was reviewing field camp options with her academic advisor, Dr. Melissa Dieckmann. She chose Turkey because, as a graduating senior, she wanted to experience life outside of her comfort zone and help solidify her career goals. For Sabo, a California native, the opportunity to compare two major strike-slip faults – the North Anatolian Fault and the San Andreas Fault that runs through California – was too tempting to pass up.

Despite a failed coup attempt this summer in Turkey, Sewell and Sabo were extremely safe during their stay. “They welcomed us into their homes, and treated us like family,” Sabo shared when recounting her experiences. Sewell agreed, and added, “This experience has really changed my views on the people of this region.” It was common for the students to be invited to join families in elaborate after-sunset meals during the month of Ramadan. They were treated with respect and great kindness.

Both students collaborated with EKU’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services to file all necessary documentation and prepare for an international trip. Sewell and Sabo spoke very highly of Education Abroad Administrator, Ms. Jennifer White, who not only helped with paperwork and bureaucracy, but was able to work with the students to secure partial funding for their field camp through scholarships and financial aid. The students described this opportunity to study in Turkey as invaluable in strengthening their geologic knowledge and skills. When asked if they would recommend to other students to complete their field camp abroad, both Sewell and Sabo enthusiastically said, “Oh my gosh, YES!!!”


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Published on November 03, 2016

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