April 13, 2014
College Station, TX-Each year, the deans in each college select the most outstanding student from among all the juniors in their respective colleges. One of the hardest–and most rewarding–aspects of serving on the Phi Kappa Phi board is selecting just one of these amazing students as the TAMU Outstanding Junior.
This year, Amélie Berger ’15 was the student selected.
Berger will graduate in May, 2015 with a bachelors in environmental geosciences, a minor in oceanography and a minor in meteorology. Berger is a member of the American Association of Geographers and has volunteered at the Oceanography Institute of Paris. She has completed research with Dr. Debbie Thomas in oceanography on South Pacific Deep Water circulation and with Dr. Oliver Frauenfeld in geosciences on land-atmosphere heat exchange in the Arctic.
Berger also spent summer of 2013 conducting research with Dr. Frauenfeld on throughfall heterogeneity in a tropical pre-montane cloud forest in Costa Rica. She has continued working with the data from her Costa Rica research this year as an Undergraduate Research Scholar. Berger and has given oral and poster presentations at the Association of American Geographers meeting in Tampa, FL, at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, CA, as well as during Student Research Week at TAMU. Berger has also submitted a paper for publication in Biotropica.
Berger’s accomplishments in and out of the classroom have garnered recognition with the Team Diversity Award from TAMU and the Thomas S. Gathright Scholar Award. This well-rounded scholar has many interests as evidenced by her service as an officer with the Aggie French Club and the TAMU Belly Dance Association; membership in the Environmental Issues Committee, Environmental Programs Involvement Committee, and the Salsa Fusion Latin Dance Company; and service as a peer mentor and student recruiter for the College of Geosciences.
Berger intends to continue her education with graduate work in climate science and sustainability. She plans to earn a Ph.D and teach at the university level.