Amazing Students Profiles

Morrison Nolan

Morrison Nolan

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

High School:

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Degree objective:

Dual major in geology and chemistry

Expected graduation:

May 2017

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

Current Employment:

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.