Deserae Jennings is a 2016-2020 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in geology at the University of Kansas. Her dissertation is focused in thermochronology, sedimentology, micropaleontology, and geochemistry. Jennings received a B.S. (2013) in geology and an M.S. (2015) in geology from Iowa State University. During her time at Iowa State, Jennings focused on carbonate sedimentology, geochemistry, and micropaleontology, and conducted rare earth materials engineering research at Ames National Laboratory. Jennings currently works in the Kansas Geological Survey Engery Research Group in addition to her doctoral work.