Danya AbdelHameid

Class of 2018

Major: Physics

About Me

Danya is a junior Physics major and Geology minor, whose interests lie in studying the dynamics and mechanics of glaciers, earthquakes, and broadly, climate change. Previously, she worked at the University of Vermont Bioretention Lab, studying the efficiency of Bioretention systems (i.e. rain gardens) in filtering stormwater runoff and at the United States Geologic Survey (USGS) studying seismic attenuation, or the loss of seismic energy over long distances, in the central and southwestern US. Currently, Danya is gearing up for a physical-oceanography based honors thesis which will consider ocean circulation patterns in high latitude polar regions.

Her interest in these fields began as an offshoot of a broader interest in environmental justice and water rights, and while her interests have shifted slightly, they remain driven by notions of social justice and community engagement. To this end, Danya is also involved in the Center For Student Diversity Peer Educator Program as well as the Office of Health Promotion Health Outreach Peer Educators Program (HOPE) and was previously involved in sociological research.

Danya is excited to help you with any of the topics listed below and additionally can assist with any questions regarding selecting and succeeding in STEM coursework (particularly in geology, physics, and math), on and off-campus research, and broadly on navigating the STEM fields as an underrepresented minority (URM). Feel free to stop by during her office hours or send her an email with any and all questions you may have!

Office Hours Topics
  • How to effectively study for science and math courses
  • How to succeed in lab courses (chemistry and physics labs)
  • How to write a lab report
  • How to find and apply for summer research experiences and scholarships
  • Making and presenting a scientific poster
  • Making a resume or CV