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Drawn to the University by the Marine Science Program, STEPHEN TIMKO is excited to pursue research after graduation, and he is considering a second career in academia later in life.

Stephen had already conducted research for Dr. John Ferry before taking his environmental chemistry course. But the class made him realize that was precisely what he wanted to get into. He has since shared his love of science with elementary school students through Students Engaged in Aquatic Sciences (SEAS).

He's been involved in several kinds of research as well. "I started off looking at transition metals and coastal mixing zones where groundwater and seawater meet," Stephen explains. "Recently I looked at compounds to make LEDs and what happens when they get into the environment." Add to that a study abroad trip that began with a month in Bermuda and then took him to Germany for research in the North Sea, and Stephen's well on his way to realizing his dream.