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   Scott Perl
   Undergraduate Student
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, New York
United States Of America
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High School: Francis Lewis, Flushing,  NY
B.E. Engineering Science (Expected) & B.S. Geology (Expected), State University of New York at Stony Brook

Background Information
I am currently an undergraduate pursuing my degrees in both Geology and Engineering Science. I feel that the position I am in now, as a student and a researcher, is where I want to be, but that wasn't always the case. Stony Brook is actually my third college. One of my goals in life is to eventually work for NASA as an astronaut. I've known this for most of my life but was not always sure how to achieve it. Upon graduating high school I contacted certain representives at NASA to lead me in a direction to get to the astronaut candidate program. It eventually turned out that the college I was attending would not be a qualifying institution for the astronaut program. I was told four weeks into the semester that if I was serious about the astronaut program that I needed to leave. So I did. I went from a freshmen with 9 credits and no grades to a sophomore with 30 credits and a brand new start at a university whose programs fit the astronaut program's requirements.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

content image for contributions section I always knew that as an undergraduate I wanted to pursue some type of research project that would allow me to combine my classwork and own personal interests. I knew that a faculty member at Stony Brook was involved in some type of Mars mission, and that I would like to somehow be involved in that, if I could at all. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

After I complete my undergraduate career I plan on attending graduate school (still undecided on where) to continue my undergrad studies. I am unsure as to the method in which I would pursue my graduate career, either trying to combining engineering and geology at the same time, or doing one first, and then the other. [more personal reflections ...]