Shanna Law - “Research and Presenting at a Conference”


Shanna Law

Shanna has travelled from the USA to study for a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geology at the University of Otago in New Zealand.  When she’s not studying she likes to hike, paint and read.


The largest benefit of studying abroad for a full academic year is that I had enough time to complete my own independent research project. I took a year-long class in the geology department called “Independent Field Studies,” and through this I found an environmental geology project to do. I was lucky to have an excellent advisor who oversaw my project, and he gave me the opportunity to present the findings at a conference!

For my project, I made maps of the geology, vegetation, and soil chemistry at an abandoned gold mine.