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Lauren Schultz – NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

Name: Lauren Schultz

Class Year: 2013

Hometown: Alexandria, Va

Major(s): Geology

Minors or Concentrations: German

Opportunity and Year: NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, 2014-15

Project Summary: I am pursuing graduate studies in geology at Stanford University.

How did W&L prepare you for this opportunity? Washington and Lee gave me the opportunity to pursue my passions, both academic and athletic, in a way that I really think is unique to W&L.  The opportunity to compete at a high level without having to sacrifice academics gave me an outstandingly diverse undergraduate experience, where I was able to do everything from stimulating independent research to traveling across the country for national level cross-country championships.

Why did you apply for this opportunity? I applied for this opportunity at the recommendation of my coach and the athletic department.  I am very thankful for the support I received as a student-athlete and the encouragement I received throughout my time at W&L.

Extracurricular Involvement:

I was a 4-year varsity member of the track and cross-country teams, a member of Pi Beta Phi and the vice-president of the student chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.

Research Experience:

I completed a Senior Honors Thesis, for which I generated an internally consistent 3D model using principles of sequence stratigraphy and fault related folding.  I also received a Summer Undergraduate Research Grant for a project analyzing xenoliths from the Western Grand Canyon.

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