KGS student worker Megan Hackett graduating with a geology degree—her third bachelor’s degree
The second of three stories about KGS student workers who are graduating from UK
Megan Hackett is graduating from UK this spring with her third bachelor’s degree. The completion of her geology studies in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences came after she had already earned degrees in psychology and secondary science education at UK. But she was drawn to geology more and more as a result of her education studies. “It was a paleontology class combined with the introductory mapping classes I took for the education major,” she says. “They were all a lot of fun, and the education major at that time required two areas, so I picked earth science and chemistry. I kept taking extra geology classes to the education degree but didn't add the actual degree until I decided I wanted to do field camp!”
Hackett is originally from Maine but moved to Kentucky during high school. She has been at KGS as a student worker for two years in the Geologic Information Management Section. Much of her time has been spent updating oil and gas well information and entering core analysis data for the Survey’s participation in the National Geologic and Geophysical Data Preservation Program. She says the parts of her geology studies she enjoyed the most were her paleontology class, field work, field camp in Colorado, and a “Geology of Maine” class that included a field trip to her native state. After graduation, she’s hoping to teach high school chemistry or integrated sciences. But she knows she will be needing more education for that career, along with student-teaching and eventually a master’s degree in education.
She has found some supportive mentors during her time working at KGS. “I would say definitely Liz Adams; she’s been patient and very helpful. I’ve learned a lot under her direction. Dave Harris (Energy and Minerals Section head) has been very good, too.”
Her interests outside of her studies include learning to play piano and enjoying her three cats, Hans, Max, and Enso.
Working at KGS with oil, gas, and core analysis data has been valuable, she says. “It’s been more like an official job,” she says. “It lets you know that your major is applicable to the real world in a lot of different ways.”