[Department alum Vanessa Swenton and Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley]
Geology program alum Vanessa Swenton, now working on her PhD at Portland State University, was recently honored by the Cordilleran section of the Geological Society of America. She was selected to represent Oregon at the recent Geoscience Congressional Visit Day in Washington, DC. She writes “I was part of the UT-MT-OR team, where our task was to discuss the significance and need to prioritize funding and legislation for geoscience research and education. We met with staff members representing each Congress member, except for the meeting with OR Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, who was present for the entire duration of the meeting! We had great conversations with her and other staff members, and we were even complimented multiple times on our preparedness and ability to be clear and concise in what we were asking of them. I was also able to meet with OR Senator Jeff Merkley in a coffee meet-and-greet at his office, where I actually got to speak with him one-on-one! It was a really amazing experience.”
Congrats Vanessa, we’re very proud of you!