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Sarah Duffy '11 Dives into Her Research

November 04, 2010

Story by Barbara LeBlanc

Sarah Duffy '11 spent last summer fighting alien invaders. She was an intern on a biological control project aimed at Eurasian watermilfoil, a weed that is taking over lakes throughout the country. It was a multi-agency project on Candlewood Lake, overseen by a professor at Western Connecticut State University.

One of Duffy's favorite parts of the job was getting dressed for work in her bathing suit and sunglasses. She spent part of her time collecting specimens and the rest in the lab. But besides a suntan, she earned a full course credit in her major and valuable experience for her resume and graduate school application. "I got to talk to a lot of people in my field and hear about how they got there," she adds.

Duffy's senior thesis involves plant species at a local sanctuary. She also will graduate with leadership experience (president of the campus Green Team) and a minor in fine arts.