|Figure 1: Lola and I in Sacramento, 2013|
My name is Ana Zurawski and I am a native of São Paulo, Brasil. I lived in Canada and Portugal before settling in California, where I have lived for the past 8 years while my family remains in Brasil.
I graduated high school in 2002 and started attending Sacramento City College taking pre-algebra, U.S. history, and human geography in 2012; the same year I met one of the greatest and most life changing loves of my life. Lola (Figure 1) was a bulldog whose owners no longer had time for, and in December of 2012 she came to live with me. With her spirited disposition and unconditional love, Lola silently guided me towards a more compassionate lifestyle, which gave me confidence in my ability to make a positive impact in the world.
I went from a psychology, to biology, to physics, and finally found that in the Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) program, I can develop skills that will help me implement changes that can help heal the planet.
I spent the summer of 2015 participating in an Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research at Washington State University, where I learned to use MATLAB and Excel to understand how meteorological data affects the partitioning of surface-based net radiation into latent, sensible, and soil heat fluxes. This REU experience made me very excited to attend graduate school and get started on my first semester in the ERE program.
Now, as I gear up to conclude my first semester as an ERE major, I feel very greatful for Dr. Eileen Cashman, Dr. Kerri Hickenbottom, and Professor Pat DuRant for their support and encouragement in the most challenging semester since my return to college. I will also be eternally greatful for Lola, without whom I doubt I would have the confidence to be here today.
Academic and Research Experience
Environmental Resources Engineering at Humboldt State University, Antecipated graduation Spring 2018
REU 2015, Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Research Assistant under Dr. John Reiss, Biological Sciences, Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Instructional Student Aid under Dr. Tyler Mitchell, Physics Department, Humboldt State University, CA