The Impact of Your Support
Lycoming's Clean Water Institute hosted 11 research interns during summer 2012
Meet Quentin Reinford '13
"I would like to thank all the donors who support the College and the CWI; it is a priceless investment. You are the reason that students like me are able to receive this amazing experience and education. I really owe a lot to the donors and everyone who has supported me over the past four years."
For Quentin, his whole Lycoming experience and working with the Clean Water Institute has been filled with hands-on training. He's been involved with activities ranging from unassessed waters projects to best management practices related to water quality on four farms in Lycoming County. He says every day offered something new to learn and an experience unlike any other undergraduate program.
"I have learned so many techniques, from total dissolved solids to basic water chemistry, over the years working in the CWI," Quentin said. "Also, I have been given the chance to work with various water shed groups, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and other outside organizations. Working under Dr. Mel Zimmerman [professor of biology and CWI director], I have been given various responsibilities including overseeing my own project, which is a great experience. I feel more than adequately prepared for the next steps thanks to the CWI."
Quentin says the beauty of a liberal arts education is that he's been able to discover new career interests. Aside from his involvement with the CWI, he serves as a resident advisor, which allows him to have close interactions with fellow students and have an impact on their lives. As a result, he is now considering other career options, such as in law enforcement or as a correctional officer in a state or federal prison.
"Though my love of biology and field research may point me into a direction of wildlife conservation, I am unsure of my future," Quentin said. "Biology will always be a part of my life, whether it's my various reptile breeding projects or enjoying the outdoors. Either way, I am confident that Lycoming has prepared me for all that I will experience in life."
Lycoming continues to be a special place for Quentin because of the great experiences and opportunities that he has been afforded. He says the College has become a place to call home.
"My professors have become mentors to me, helping me in so many more ways than just my education," Quentin said. "I have formed lifelong friendships with so many amazing people that I will be forever connected as an alumnus of Lycoming College."