Hannah Krueger, a senior in the Geology (BS) - Quantitative Geoscience degree program, hopes to become a research professor at a university. When she enters graduate school, she plans to focus on seismology, a type of geophysics that entails the study of seismic waves created by earthquakes.
She says that her current studies at Appalachian State University, where she is a Chancellor’s Scholar in The Honors College, are “providing an excellent background” to do just that, in such areas as geophysics, earth processes and scientific writing.
Krueger’s interest in seismology has its roots in a mentorship program she participated in at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham. At Appalachian, she is conducting geophysical research, acquiring skills in several areas, including computer coding, that are “vital for success” in the study of geophysics in graduate school.
“I was able to start doing this research as a freshman,” Krueger said, noting that Appalachian’s Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences serves only undergraduates. “At a bigger university, that’s virtually impossible.”
Specifically, Krueger is researching seasonal ground movements recorded by continuous GPS in southern California. She’s learned, for example, that “sites overlying (an) aquifer have signals that are strongly influenced by human activity.” She’s also helping enhance the quality of southern California GPS data for the improvement of earthquake hazard models.
As part of a summer internship at the University of Washington, Krueger studied the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate, which is sinking under the North American tectonic plate at a boundary called the Cascadia subduction zone.
Hannah Krueger has a full-ride Chancellor’s Scholarship, designed for students with ambitious academic goals involving graduate or professional post-baccalaureate degrees. It is Appalachian’s oldest competitive, merit-based full scholarship.