"What I love about Bucknell is the excitement and energy of the faculty. I've found that when you want to pursue a project, there's always someone to help you."

Becca Shopiro

"In high school, I helped my AP environmental studies teacher build a green roof, and it was something that I became passionate about.  When I came to Bucknell, I saw the potential for the campus to become greener, and I wanted to be part of that.

"In my sophomore year, I contacted Dina El-Mogazi, director of the campus greening initiative of the Environmental Center, about building a green roof at Bucknell. We secured funding for materials, labor and engineering from the Degenstein Foundation, the College of Engineering and the Office of the Provost. That summer, we collaborated with staff members from facilities and a few other students to install a 600-square-foot area filled with soil and sedum. ||  Read more

"I spent the spring semester of her junior year abroad on Lizard Island in Australia, where I identified species of apogonidae, a family of small, colorful fish known commonly as cardinalfish. When I came back to campus, I helped civil and environmental engineering professors Richard Crago and Kevin Gilmore with measuring the heat flux of the roof and looking at how organic fertilizer affects the quality of water run-off.

"I'm turning my two summers on the roof into my senior thesis. What I love about Bucknell is the excitement and energy of the faculty. I've found that when you want to pursue a project, there's always someone to help you."

Becca is from Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Posted Nov. 28, 2011
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