Georgetown College Student Presents at International Science Conference
Submitted on February 28, 2020
For Georgetown College Junior, Zach Muniz, doors in the sciences keep opening, and he keeps running through them. Originally from Shelbyville, Kentucky, the biology and chemistry major recently presented at the Ocean Science Meeting in San Diego, California on research he conducted on diamondback terrapins in coastal Georgia.
It all started for Zach when he was accepted into Research Experience for Undergraduates at Savannah State University last summer, and Georgetown’s reputation was a big part of that. “After getting accepted to the REU position at Savannah State University last summer, I was informed by the principal investigator (PI) that one of the major reasons I was selected was because of my home institution,” says Zach. “The program had seen other students from Georgetown come and thrive doing research and knew the type of student that Georgetown College produced. This spoke volumes to me about the reputation that Georgetown has not only in Kentucky but around the country.”
It was during his time with REU that he conducted his research on diamondback terrapins, which eventually led to him recently presenting his findings at the Ocean Sciences Meeting, an internationally recognized conference. He credits Georgetown College with preparing him for these unique opportunities. “Georgetown has prepared me for research opportunities by the challenging STEM courses I take. Georgetown’s classroom environment is unlike any other, in that professors make it their job to ensure the success of student willing to work hard.”
Zach will graduate in 2021 and while he doesn’t know exactly which field he wants to end up in, he does know one thing. “My career will involve using biology to improve the lives of those around me,” he says.
As he nears closer to his final year at Georgetown College, he’s thankful for the opportunities the college has provided and for the personal and professional growth he’s undergone during that time. “This is what college is all about, finding something that fits you and turning that into a career.”