Deserae Jennings is a 2016-2020 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in geology at the University of Kansas. She received a B.S. (2013) in geology and an M.S. (2015) in geology from Iowa State University, Ames, IA. She also received a Nursing degree in 2010 from Des Moines Area CC Boone, Boone, IA.