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Mackenzie M. Cremeans

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Cremeans is a 2014-2018 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in Geology.  She received a B.A. (2014) in Environmental Geoscience and English Literature from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. As an undergraduate, Cremeans was recognized for her many academic accomplishments including the Charles L. Bieber Geoscience Award (for distinguished geology research), the William G. Schoenoff Award (for distinguished study of literature), and the Morehead-Givens Scholarship (for interdisciplinary geoscience contributions to art history).  Cremeans was a two-sport varsity lettering athlete in lacrosse and track and field.  As a researcher, Cremeans worked to develop a citizen-scientist water quality monitoring program and conducted NSF-funded research at Northern Illinois University to study the behavior of slow granular flows. Her current work, in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark, focuses on the study of groundwater-surface water interactions and their impact on contaminant transport. To do this, she has designed and validated devices for the quantification of groundwater-surface water exchange and applied this new technology to the Grindsted Å (Jutland, Denmark) during a study of contaminant mass discharge. Additionally, she currently serves as a Regional Delegate for the Association of Women Geoscientists, serving the second largest region in the United States and the organization, at large. Upon completion of her degree, Cremeans hopes to continue innovating in the field of hydrogeology. As an extension of her work, she would like to influence public policy directed at the preservation of water resources in a community-inclusive scientific process.

Mentor: J.F. Devlin, Professor, Geology

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