Caitlyn Witkowski had only planned to minor in Environmental Science. But after touring Bryant’s first-class science facilities and meeting department faculty, she made it her major, and never looked back.
As an undergraduate, she traveled to China for a month-long research project as part of a team led by Professor of Science and Technology Hong Yang, Ph.D.
“At Bryant, students in the science department work on real projects right off the bat,” says Witkowski. “Professors not only do their own research, they also share that research with students. Their findings can be presented at conferences, published, and have true meaning in a scientific community.”
Near the end of her senior year, she published a paper in PALAIOS, the most highly regarded journal in paleontology.
Witkowski began her postgraduate studies at China University of Geosciences, the top geology school in China, where her courses were in Chinese. She returned to Bryant to earn her Master of Science in Global Environmental Studies (MSGES) program, where she managed the University’s Laboratory for Terrestrial Environments and even taught several lab sections. Now, she conducts biogeochemical research at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research while preparing to receive her doctorate.
“Studying at Bryant has really opened my eyes to the rest of the world,” says Witkowski. “I’ve been given opportunities to explore science, travel, and really understand myself as a person.”
• Traveled to China for a month-long project as part of a team led by Professor of Science and Technology Hong Yang, Ph.D.
• Near the end of her senior year, published a paper in PALAIOS, the most highly regarded journal in paleontology
• Wrote original research in paleoclimatology using geochemistry and morphology tools
• Managed the University’s Laboratory for Terrestrial Environments; taught several lab sections
Bryant University Jazz Ensemble
• President and lead saxophone
• Studied Chinese language and culture through a federally-funded initiative and traveled to China, including to Beijing and the Great Wall
Bryant Environmental Society
• President and web-designer
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