Selfless actions, global impact

Melissa Elder is a senior in environmental engineering. Photo by Sam O'Keefe.

Melissa Elder is a senior in environmental engineering. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

For Melissa Elder, Honduras is more than just another place on the map. It inspired her career path and her research focus. It’s also her mother’s homeland.

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A ‘down-to-earth’ scholar

Krista Rybacki is a graduate student in geochemistry and environmental geology  from Nashville, Ill. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Krista Rybacki is a graduate student in geochemistry and environmental geology from Nashville, Ill. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Krista Rybacki was an exceptional student in high school and continued the tradition with a 4.0 GPA in her undergraduate years as a geology and geophysics major. Now, as a graduate student in geochemistry and environmental geology and a Chancellor’s Fellow, she is conducting research on soil contamination near a lead recycling smelter for her master’s thesis.

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Married … with dissertations

Krista and Matt Limmer at one of their favorite spots on campus. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Krista and Matt Limmer at one of their favorite spots on campus, near Toomey Hall. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Krista Kalac met Matt Limmer in the summer of 2008, while the two were working as interns for Owens Corning’s research and development facility in Granville, Ohio. She was studying materials science and mathematics at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., and he was majoring in mechanical engineering at The Ohio State University.

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Big-picture thinker

Katelyn Denby

Katelyn Denby studies ways to improve nutrition by optimizing gardening practices based on geographic regions. Photo by Terry Barner.

As a child, Katelyn Denby loved being outdoors and surrounded by nature near her hometown of Edwardsville, Ill.

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