By: Leann Bentley
GUSH is a Recognized Student Organization that gives undergraduates and graduate students the opportunity to discuss topics related to hydrology, or more specifically- water in general.
Current members have backgrounds in Civil Engineering to Computer Sciences or Agriculture. Meetings occur biweekly and the agenda covers a broad range of topics and during these meetings, members are given the opportunity to present their research in an informal setting.
I spoke with members and officers of GUSH and gave them the chance to talk about their RSO.
- Tell us about your RSO
GUSH, or Graduate and Undergraduate students (-interested-) in Hydrology, is an RSO that gives students the opportunity to meet and discuss topics related to hydrology and water in general. We are a group of students with different backgrounds, from Civil Engineering to Computer Sciences or Agriculture. We have bi-weekly meetings where we discuss a broad range of different topics related to water and plan events. We allow members to present their research in an informal setting and provide feedback. In the past we have had student present on ‘how do we measure water deep in the subsurface’ or ‘how do different species of frogs move across the Snowies and how can we detect them.’ We think it is very important to build a friendly community amongst UW students who are interested in water.
What activities does your RSO do each year?
We have one documentary night with a panel afterwards that addresses how water around us affects our live or the lives of the people around us. Next to this, we also have an invited speaker who’s job or research is closely related to hydrology. Last year, we had for instance prof. Kamini Singha from Colorado School of Mines visiting us. Not only did she give a great presentation about her research regarding water, trees and soils and how it is all connected, she participated in a great Q and A about student life and what can possibly come afterwards.
1. What made you choose UW?
I chose UW because of the great opportunities around here to study water, both irrigation and mountain hydrology are important factors in the hydrologic cycle in Wyoming. Next to this, I didn’t know anything about Wyoming. So you can say that I also chose for the adventure of the unknown.
2.What are your favorite parts about your college?
The college of AG gives me the opportunity to study whatever I am interested in and supports my (sometimes) crazy research ideas. The faculty are very approachable with questions about research topics and are not afraid to point you in the right direction for help, if there would be other people more qualified to help.
3. What would you recommend for a high school senior who is interested in UW?
UW is a great for students who want a hands-on and applied education. UW rewards students who are passionate and take initiative. There are many opportunities to be involved and faculty that will support you your entire academic career. Most people in the UW community lead a balanced life and have many interests. This helps create a well-rounded and low-stress campus during most of the year. Also, your time in Laramie will be enjoyable if you like an outdoor winter activity, or at least a long, cozy winter.
4. What’s one thing only UW students know or experience?
For water research, UW students have to unique opportunity to go out both in the mountains and on the plains to gather data and see how things are in ‘real life’. If you would be at a college or university in a big city, you miss sometimes touch with reality. Computer models are nice, but you need field experience to validate them. Going out there, in the open, making things work or being there while the weather is rough, teaches you also ‘Cowboy Tough’. This characteristic is also a bonus that you will benefit from in your jobs later.