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Undergrad Monica Ridgeway (Image 1)

June 29, 2010
Undergrad Monica Ridgeway (Image 1) Monica Ridgeway, a University at Buffalo (UB) geology major, wants to encourage students from underrepresented groups to go into earth science, considered the physical science with the lowest percentage of African-Americans. Ridgeway, who is entering her senior year at UB, traveled to Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic on a two-week scientific expedition funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and led by Jason Briner, Ph.D., assistant professor of geology at UB. The NSF-supported Buffalo Geosciences Program (BGP) at UB is designed to promote diversity in the geosciences through outreach to underrepresented populations in area schools. During the expedition, Ridgeway traveled with Briner and three other UB geology students to sample and analyze Arctic lake sediments to reconstruct past climates. The UB team was based in Clyde River, a Nunavut town of about 800 residents, most of whom are Inuit. Each day, the team traveled to frozen lakes on sleds in temperatures that could drop below zero Fahrenheit, where they drilled through the ice and the water below to retrieve samples--long tubes full of mud that they sent back to UB for later study and analyses. To learn more about Ridgeway and her research expedition, see the UB news release Buffalo "City Girl" to Conduct Research in the Arctic. (Date of Image: 2007) [See related image Here.]