2019 Undergraduate Student Mentors

Rene Chavez

Rene Chavez will be a sophomore in the Fall of 2019. As a freshman at UWM, he has participated in undergraduate research(SURF) working with Scott Schaefer. He got the opportunity to present his research at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research(NCUR). Rene was a past participant of the GOFoRWARD program. Here he found a new, strong interest in geoscience and the environment.On his free time, Rene enjoys playing several sports or watching shows on Hulu and Netflix. He is a big rap music enthusiast, but enjoys a wide range of all music.  As an undergraduate mentor this year, Rene is very excited to show others how fun geoscience is.

Dulce Hernandez

Dulce Hernandez will be a senior in fall of 2019. She is persuing her bachelors in Geosciences. While at UWM she has participated in undergraduate research since Summer 2017 with Dyanna Czeck as both a SURF recipient and a McNair Scholar with a focus on research in fluid rock interactions and microstructures within the Southern Iberian Shear Zone. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and listening to a variety of music. This summer she is excited to work with the GO FoRWARD students and promote diversity within Geology as well as share her passion for science and the outdoors with others.

Joshua Reed

Joshua Reed is a recent graduate from UWM with his bachelors in Geoscience.  During his time at UWM he has been conducting research with Dyanna Czeck, through the UWM SURF program, studying centimeter scale microstructures of shear zones from the Grassy Portage Sill in Northwestern Ontario.  Joshua hails from southeastern Minnesota and loves the outdoors.  This love for the wonders of nature along with many trips to our beloved national parks a youth led him to want to learn more about the science behind how these wonderful landscapes formed.  He is excited to share his passion for connecting the science of geology to the natural world with the next generation of geoscientists.

  Adam Schmidt

Adam will be a senior in the fall of 2019. He is working towards a BS in geology, with a minor in chemistry. He has been at UW-Milwaukee since fall 2018. Prior to that he spent his first two years at UW-La Crosse as an environmental science major. Primary interests revolve around hydrogeology and general water chemistry. He is excited to work on projects this summer through the program and learn while helping others!




A summer experience hosted by the UWM Department of Geosciences and funded by the National Science Foundation, dedicated to increasing the diversity, equity, and inclusion of students majoring in geosciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.