Morrison Nolan, a senior majoring in geology and chemistry, is a Goldwater Scholar and Foundation Fellow who plans to continue his studies in paleontology.
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Dual major in geology and chemistry
University highlights, achievements, awards and scholarships:
— Goldwater Scholarship recipient
— UGA Foundation Fellow
— Presenter at Spring 2016 CURO Symposium
— Fall 2015 Laerm Research Grant Recipient
— Co-founder and treasurer of Science Olympiad Outreach at UGA; organized three tournaments
— Searched for dinosaur fossils in a summer field program in Hell Creek, Montana
— Trekked along UGA’s Interdisciplinary Field Program
Senior, undergraduate researcher in the geology department, intern at the Georgia Museum of Natural History.
I chose to attend UGA because…
The Foundation Fellowship gave me phenomenal research and travel opportunities.
My favorite things to do on campus are…
I enjoy the faculty-led book discussions, the international coffeehouses and departmental colloquia. I always look forward to the end of the semester, when the herpetology society brings out animals to show and hold. I try to take advantage of UGA’s musical performances. I scour the geology department’s discard pile for interesting rocks.
When I have free time, I like…
I enjoy reading classical and comedic literature.
The craziest thing I’ve done is…
Eating raw cactus (that I had cleaned) while waiting for lightning to pass. It tasted like a bland, slightly sweet sponge.
My favorite place to study is…
… in my dorm at Rutherford Hall.
My favorite professor is…
… Sally Walker in the geology department. She has an irrepressible enthusiasm for the subjects she teaches and is a wonderful research adviser.
If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with…
I would tour a research museum’s back collections with the head curator to see the material too exciting for the public and the wonderful stories behind them.
If I knew I could not fail, I would…
… successfully go skiing (instead of having to cancel the trip because it snowed too heavily).
If money was not a consideration, I would love to…
… visit Robert W. Service’s cabin in Dawson City, Canada, then travel to the Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park.
After graduation, I plan to…
… begin my master’s studies in paleontology.
The one UGA experience I will always remember will be…
Looking for trilobite fossils on a Moroccan hillside with a local fossil dealer.