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Elizabeth Fosse ’12

Cambridge, Minnesota

Why St. Kate’s: “I liked the atmosphere and the beautiful campus. I met some faculty members eager to help me get where I wanted to be — and who were also going to challenge me. I also met some great students. When I visited the campus, a friend who was at St. Kate’s at the time couldn’t be with me, but her friends were willing to hang out and answer questions.”  

On classes at St. Kate’s: “I’ve had so many good classes. I really enjoyed my Latin classes my first two semesters. Professor Emily West was amazing! She made a dead language so much fun. I also took a class called ‘Living in the Age of Evil’ with Garry Pech and Susan Welsh, and I loved my ‘Quantitative Analysis’ class with Gina Mancini-Samuelson because it was a great combination of math and chemistry.”

In fall 2010, Elizabeth enrolled in “Writing Environmental Wrongs” with Professors Cecilia Konchar-Farr and Jill Welter — and had the chance to visit Konza Prairie in Kansas to learn first-hand about large-scale prairie restoration.

Outside the classroom: “I swam my first two years at St. Kate’s, and I’m president of the Chemistry Club, the cofounder of Women Having Interests in Physics Shenanigans and one of the Senate Environmental Task Force Initiatives cochairs.” When she has extra time and energy: “I go dancing with the Swing Club.”

A focus on women: “Being at an all-women’s campus is awesome because my education is tailored more to how I learn. My classes are smaller, and I have great relationships with my professors. They encourage me to follow my dreams even when it isn’t something that’s seen as a ‘women’s career.’”

Student-faculty research: In summer 2009, Elizabeth had the chance to research meteorites with Physics Professor Terrence Flower. She came up with a list of ways to test if something was actually a meteorite. “Definitely a worthwhile experience. I was able to present a poster at the American Physics Society and American Association of Physics Teachers meeting in Washington, D.C.”

Elizabeth has also worked with Physics Professor Erick Agrimson since then. “We’ve built a radio antenna on the roof of Mendel Hall for some experiments, and we’re doing high-altitude ballooning.”

In January 2010, she scored an internship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts — thanks to a recommendation from her chemistry professor. “I worked with a marine geochemist and did a lot of microscopic work.”

Advice to new students: “Talk to your professors. They are a great resource if you need help in a class or if you are looking for future or current job opportunities. I promise, they aren’t all that scary.”