Class of 2013 from New Castle, Virginia
Major: Geology with a concentration in environmental and engineering geology in the College of Science and Technology
Campus Involvement: President of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Radford University Geological Society member
As she researched colleges, Jenny All hoped to find a university that would offer enriching educational experiences that would help her reach her career objective of becoming an engineering geologist. She soon discovered Radford University offered the perfect blend of quality academics in a geologically rich region.
“Radford University is a great place to study geology because of the location and the geology surrounding it,” All said. “Almost every class I have taken in geology has incorporated at least one field trip, which has been great hands-on experience.”
With well-formed goals for the future, All wasted no time jumping into research – something not always available to undergraduate students at larger institutions. Alongside geology professor Parvinder Sethi, she investigated the use of portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology to collect chemical composition data on black shale. Black shale is abundant worldwide and can produce sulfuric acid when it reacts with rain water, negatively affecting the water supply. All’s primary research involved assessing the handheld XRF instrument’s ability to analyze the shale’s chemical composition. The results of her research have been presented at research symposiums and professional meetings.
With a year left in her undergraduate program, All’s research career has only just begun. This summer she will work on a research project studying the Lower Mount Rogers Formation with assistant professor Elizabeth McClellan. She will spend a week in the field collecting samples that will help the team draw conclusions about the origin of the sediment that composes the formation.
“Knowing the origin of the sedimentary deposits is important for understanding the geological history of this region,” All said.
All believes that these research projects and the 1:1 attention she receives from her professors have given her a solid foundation on which to build her career.
“I have really enjoyed the opportunities to do research and conduct fieldwork alongside my classmates and professors,” she said. “These experiences have really prepared me for a career as a geologist.”