Analyzing Lunar Meteorites at the Smithsonian
Katie Marshall '11
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
When Katie looked through a scanning electron microscope, she may have gotten a glimpse at the inside of the moon.
The geology major analyzed lunar meteorites at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History during a summer internship. Katie was looking to see if the rocks — mostly found in Antarctica — might contain material from the moon’s mantle layer, which scientists are eager to study.
In previous summers, Katie completed tsunami research in Japan and a Bonner “summer of service” at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. She says the experiences help her clarify her academic interests.
“I’m trying to learn about as many subjects as I can, so I have a better-informed decision of what I want to study if I go to grad school,” Katie says.
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