My name is Rylin Duster and I am a sophomore studying Environmental Science with an emphasis in Aquatic Biology. I transferred to Oregon State University this year, moving across the country from a small town in Illinois. I spend much of my free time exploring in nature, reading, practicing yoga, and going on roadtrips with my friends!
I strongly look forward to this internship for countless reasons, but mainly because of the opportunity it provides to learn and grow academically. Having the space to work with differing machines and scientists may really help me understand my own career goals as a woman in STEM. What I hope to learn I hope to gain a better understanding of engineering practices, as I have not done much studying in such fields. I am also really excited to learn about the processes that are taken by researchers and apply them into my own work.
Ever since moving to Corvallis, my new favorite escape place is definitely Fitton Green. My friends and I visit weekly to catch the sunset, enjoy some old growth beauty, or stretch our legs with a nice walk.
My favorite OSU experience really has to do with all of the doors that have opened for me since moving here. I have been really lucky to get into polar science undergraduate research, this internship, and a
research trip to Greece and Spain studying the Hellenic Volcanic Arc. Attending OSU has allowed so many amazing opportunities to come into fruition, which never would have happened had I not transferred here.
My favorite comfort food is a tofu poke bowl - one of my favorites to make!