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Alison Emmons

Major: Geology and Environmental Resource Management

Class: 2014

Keystone College junior Alison Emmons has definite plans for her professional career and she’s off to a flying start before she graduates from college in May of 2014.     

Alison, an environmental resource management and geology major wants to attend graduate school and eventually become a professional geologist, helping to restore environmentally scarred land.

That’s why her project for Keystone’s Annual Spring Undergraduate Research and Creativity Celebration is particularly relevant.  

The project, “A New Way of Looking at Geology Using Gigapan Technology to Capture High-Resolution Panoramas in Northeastern Pennsylvania” captured the 2013 Keystone Innovation Award as the best project at this year’s celebration, which highlights research and creativity project completed by Keystone students during the 2012-13 academic year.

Alison Emmons

While the title of the project sounds extremely complicated, Alison says her goal was very practical. Gigapan technology is a relatively new type of technology developed by NASA to capture high-resolution images of planets such as Mars. Alison’s research focuses on using similar technology to create individual, high-resolution pictures of geological formations. It’s a more direct and accurate way of studying formations and much better than relying on traditional photos or illustrations.

“I really found the project very interesting because it’s something that can help play a key role in the type of work geologists do everyday.  It was a lot of hard work but it was also very enjoyable in many respects,” Alison said. “I know this type of research is important to the profession I want to pursue after I complete college and graduate school.

In addition to her own hard work, Alison credits her Keystone College professors for helping her build her foundation for the future.  

“I’ve learned so much at Keystone about science and technology and how to apply it. Just as importantly, I’ve learned how to focus on a project and do what it takes to get the job done.”

That’s a skill that will no doubt help Alison for years to come. 

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