Sarah is one of five high-school interns who worked with meteorites at the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies this summer. Sarah's responsibilities include weighing, photographing and repacking the meteorites in the collection and consolidating data for the migration to the new database. Sarah just graduated from high school and will be attending Beloit college in the fall where she wants to study some aspect of science with a focus on educating the public and children.
What have you taken away from this internship program?
Sarah: "Not only have I learned valuable skills for working on databases and the handling of meteorites, I have gained an entirely new perspective of those who work in the research field, specifically at the Field Museum. The expertise and enthusiasm with which they has been inspiring and I am thankful to have worked in the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies for my internship."
What have you learned from working with meteorites?
Sarah: "Due to their "astronomical" value, I have learned the two important requirements to working with meteorites: to handle them delicately and to use many, many pairs of gloves."
Why are meteorites important to science?
Sarah: "Meteorites are like parcels sent by celestial bodies too far out for researchers to study. They allow researchers to study the unique compositions of these bodies. Meteorites have expanded the understanding of our solar system."