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Mount Student Earns Top Environmental Science Honors


Shelby PosterEmmitsburg, Maryland – Shelby Servais ’13, an environmental science major at Mount St. Mary’s University, recently took top honors at the Maryland Water Monitoring Council’s 18th Annual Conference Poster Contest. 

Servais finished first for her research focus on St. Mary’s Run located on the Mount campus — investigated how rapidly streams can absorb the pollutants discharged by wastewater treatment facilities.

“Having the opportunity to share my research is wonderful. It is important to remember that there is more to science than just doing research. It is our job to share our findings so that changes can be made,” said Servais.

Jeff Simmons, Ph.D., associate professor of Environmental Science and Servais’ advisor, said her research is a great example of how Mount students are making a difference and translating classroom theory to practice. “This is a great achievement for Shelby and is evidence of her commitment and consistent diligence. It also shows that the Mount’s science programs produce extraordinary research scientists making contributions to their fields.”

Servais will present her research next semester as part of her senior honors project. Following graduation, she plans to attend graduate school, pursue her doctorate and continue to focus on stream ecology.

See the Mount’s Environmental Studies Program for more information.

 
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