Adelaide Clark (’11) has seen her education grow from the ground up.
Clark participated in undergraduate research programs at Emory & Henry College where she participated in research with Dr. Laura Hainsworth on the restoration of the American chestnut tree.
The Chemistry Education major also took part in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Arkansas’ Center for Space and Planetary Sciences. There, she did Earth-based geochemistry, which, while interesting, was not something that sparked her passion like the chestnut project had.
After these two research experiences, Clark decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Baylor University where she joined Dr. Sascha Usenko’s Environmental and Analytical Chemistry research group. Currently, she is studying contaminants in the atmosphere.
At Dr. Usenko’s suggestion, Clark applied to and was accepted to be a part of the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) in the summer of 2012.
To read more about the work Clark is involved with you can read her blog entry for NASA at http://climate.nasa.gov/eswSite/blogs/?FuseAction=ShowBlog&NewsID=45.