Name: Sarah Young
Title of Project: Utilizing GIS to Study Concentrated Flow from Agricultural Fields in the Virginia Chesapeake Bay Watershed
Advisor: Gregory Hancock
Honors Department: Geology
The Chesapeake Bay is one of the treasures of the east coast, but in recent years nutrient and sediment pollution have caused significant degradation in the health of the Bay. Through my project I seek to answer why the health of the Bay is still in jeopardy by focusing on runoff from agricultural fields and how it is interacting with riparian buffers (100 ft plots of vegetation meant to trap nutrients and sediment before they reach streams leading to the Bay).
This fellowship has made it possible for me to spend the summer, and the year, doing research I am passionate about. I am much appreciative to everyone who made this possible for me, as I really believe my research will help change future policies about the Chesapeake Bay.
Hometown: Stafford, VA
Majors: Geology and Environmental Science
Future Plans: I plan to attend graduate school for Hydrology and perhaps someday I will work with an organization like the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to help save the Bay! Right after graduation, though, I would like to intern at Walt Disney World as an agricultural scientist in their greenhouses. For now, I’m just focusing on my research, but I am excited to see what the future holds.
Campus Activities: I am the Executive Vice President of Circle K International, a member of Geology club, and a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon (the national honor society for the earth sciences).
Hobbies: I volunteer quite a bit, and my favorite place to serve my community is at Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center. I also enjoy curling up with a good fiction book to relax.
Fun Fact: I can form a clover leaf with my tongue. This is my one and only fun fact.
Follow Sarah’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!