Emma Henderson – 2022 Dean’s Medal (Geosciences)
Emma Henderson will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. Emma began her college career at Northwest-Shoals Community College where she graduated summa cum laude with an Associates in Science degree. She then transferred to Auburn University as a Junior and was listed as an outstanding transfer student in the spring of 2021.
During her time at Auburn, Emma has been an undergraduate researcher under Ann Ojeda in the Auburn Contaminants Lab, where she has studied bacterial communities in Parkerson Mill Creek in Auburn. Her most recent project, an undergraduate research fellowship, has been to monitor the effects of a storm's first flush on nutrient cycling and the microbial assemblage in Parkerson Mill Creek.
At Auburn, Emma is involved as a student member of the Geo Club. Off campus, she volunteers at her home church’s food pantry and enjoys traveling home to Mt. Hope, AL, every other month to assist with the outreach efforts. In her free time, Emma enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, and cooking with friends and family.
Emma feels blessed for the experiences, friendships, and opportunities Auburn University has afforded her so far.
Following graduation, Emma will pursue a Master of Science degree at Auburn University to continue her research with Ojeda.
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