"Our research trip to Panama taught me that I want to do research in the tropics. The sheer biodiversity of the tropics is astounding. Within a short distance, one can find almost every type of environment and climate that exists. . . . This makes it such an open field for choosing almost anything to study. . . . The tropics contain fascinating animals like dart frogs, motmots, and jaguars - so many that it is difficult to choose just one individual topic of study. Our Panama research trip really introduced me to the wonders of tropical research, something I would like to continue doing for years to come."
Nicole Trimmer '09
Major: environmental science
"The research was a lot of work and I enjoyed it. I also learned that relationships—with God, neighbors, friends, and family—are the most important entities in this life. My relationship with God grew closer as I journaled and prayed constantly. We befriended the Panamanian neighbors, with whom we shared wonderful discussions. . . . As a team, we experienced many triumphant moments after climbing difficult trees or overcoming daunting problems. Around the dinner table we talked and laughed . . . we became close to one another, like family. Since leaving Panama, I've realized that the relationships we formed with one another made the trip entirely worthwhile."