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Kimberly Gottschalk
Kimberly Gottschalk

Kimberly Gottschalk is an Environmental Science major whose educational goal is to earn her doctorate in Physical Oceanography. Before attending school at PSU, Kimberly lived in west Texas and enjoyed exploring and photographing desert ghost towns and natural areas. While there, she witnessed the reality of groundwater contamination and other environmental destruction, which led to her current educational track. She moved to Portland in 2012 and taught for several outdoor camps before beginning her studies at PSU. Kimberly has held many leadership roles at PSU including serving as a peer mentor for University Studies and the BUILD EXITO program. She is an LSAMP Scholar and a 2015 PSU Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Both programs have supported her to conduct undergraduate research with Dr. Andrew Fountain (PSU Geology). Kimberly’s other research experiences included work with Dr. Stefan Talke (PSU Civil Engineering) and a summer NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Kimberly was among the few undergraduate awardees of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which will fund much of the PhD program in Physical Oceanography that she will begin at University of Washington in fall 2017.