Nicole Hewitt Oehlmann, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Teacher Mentor: Deborah Hewitt, West River Home School, Galesville, MD
Faculty Mentor: Tim Canty, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
I was home-schooled through high school, so during that time my mother was my primary teacher. Before she started home-schooling, she researched the best methods and curriculum for my education, and thanks to her efforts, I had opportunities that I might not have had in a traditional school including elective courses tailored towards my interests, field trips, and dual enrollment classes at a community college. Additionally, she developed a curriculum that worked best for my learning style, which gave me a strong foundation of knowledge to build off once I entered college. My mentor at University of Maryland is Professor Tim Canty. As my professor and academic advisor in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences program, he has done a great deal to help me further my education. He has pushed me to enroll in challenging coursework, including graduate-level courses, and he has connected me with scientists at the Ocean Prediction Center. With his guidance, I have found a research project that I am passionate about and am looking forward to working on during my senior year.