Lauren Schultz – NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Name: Lauren Schultz
Class Year: 2013
Hometown: Alexandria, Va
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.
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.
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.