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How do scientists go from OMG to PhD? How do they turn their passion for science into their profession? What advice do they have for future scientists?

If you are a 5th-12th grade student, undergraduate, teacher or parent, join us to ask these questions and more in a Q&A session with our weekly Seminar speakers on Wednesdays from 2 - 2:30 PM.

Parents must give permission for children under 18 to participate. 

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February 24

Kate Randolph

Kate Randolph is an Assistant Research Scientist in Oceanography at CSU Maritime Academy. Her research is centered on relating freshwater, estuarine and oceanic optical properties to ocean biogeochemistry and upper ocean physics. She is originally from the Midwest, attended Indiana University in Bloomington, and spent her earlier years studying the rivers and lakes of Indiana. She did her PhD work at the University of Connecticut, working in Heidi Dierssen’s lab, where she studied the sources of backscattered light in the Southern Ocean. She takes a multidisciplinary approach to oceanography—merging physics and biogeochemistry at small and large scales through the application of novel observation methods.