Meet our Summer 2012 High-School Intern Evan

Tue, 08/14/2012 - 14:58 -- pheck

Our high school intern Evan in the recently renovated meteorite collection room of the Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies. Photo by James L. Holstein.

Evan is one of five high school interns who spent his summer working at the Field Museum's Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies. Evan is going to be a high school senior. After graduation next year he plans to go to college where he will study paleontology. We are excited that we have inspired him to pursue a career in the earth sciences. He wants to be a curator at a museum and a professor at a university. His job responsibility this summer is to weigh, photograph and repack meteorite specimens in our collection.

What have you taken away from this internship program?

"I have gotten a lot of experience from this program, meeting different people who work in other departments and learning about how the museum collaborates with other institutions like the Adler Planetarium and the University of Chicago."

What have you learned from working with meteorites?

"I have learned that there are three different types of meteorites-stony, iron and stony-iron."

Why are meteorites important to science?

"Studying how meteorites are formed helps us understand the origin and history of the solar system."