Search form

Home > News > A Passion for Nature Drives Senior Zoe Sims' Excellence in Environmental Studies

A Passion for Nature Drives Senior Zoe Sims' Excellence in Environmental Studies

June 5th, 2017
Zoe Sims Photo

 

It was after several hours of boating and diving along the coast of Bermuda in the summer of 2015 that then-sophomore Zoe Sims realized that she, for the first time, was in charge.

Sims, who graduates from Princeton University June 6, was studying the effects of groundwater pollution on the health of Bermuda's coral reefs, a topic that would become the focus of her senior thesis research. But her initial search for the points where freshwater from the island enters the sea had been fruitless. Finally, one of the graduate students helping Sims asked what she wanted to do next. Then they waited for her to answer.

"It was my decision — nobody was going to tell me we were done, or say, 'good job, go home,'" Sims recalled. "I was receiving a lot of help and support, especially from my co-adviser Anne [Cohen of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution], who guided me closely throughout the project. But I also had more autonomy and responsibility than I'd ever had on a project before. The ultimate decision of what I wanted out of my research and how ambitious I wanted to be, that was on me.

Read more about this story here.

 

© 2017 The Trustees of Princeton University. Back to Top
The Office of Undergraduate Research resides within the Office of the Dean of the College

Contact Us | Calendar | Website Feedback

Back to Top