Shirley Leung
Shirley Undergraduate Researcher
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6316


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Expected Graduation: May 2013
Candidate for Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Earth Science
   – Minor in Sustainability & Environmental Management
Candidate for Master of Science in Applied Geosciences
   – Hydrogeology Concentration


March 2009 – July 2009: Research Assistant
With Emma Aronson (Penn PhD Candidate) at Pinelands National Reserve, NJ
Collected soil cores and gas flux samples using standard field techniques in the NJ pinelands.

September 2009 – May 2010: Research Assistant
With Dr. F.N. Scatena (Penn Professor and Department Chair) in Philadelphia, PA
Managed hydrologic and climate data from the Luquillo Experimental Forest, a long-term research site in Puerto Rico. Analyzed and looked for trends in this hydrologic and climatic data using tools in SigmaPlot and MS Excel.

June 2010 – August 2010: Program Participant and Research Assistant
Penn Undergraduate Environmental Health Scholars Program, Philadelphia, PA
Attended cutting-edge research seminars on a variety of environmental health topics and participated in scientific integrity and research ethics discussions. Worked full-time in a biomedical research laboratory, conducting epigenetic research on the pathways, mechanisms, and environmental causes of diabetes.

May 2011 – June 2011: Research Assistant
Applied Industrial Ceramics and Rural Enterprise Development Unit, KNUST Technology Consultancy Centre, Kumasi, Ghana
Experimented with different ingredients to improve the effectiveness of clay water filters. Worked to create a quick, practical process for creating biobrickettes.

June 2011 – August 2011: U.S. Department of Energy Science Undergraduate Laboratory Intern
U.S. DOE Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
Worked full-time in a fungal biotechnology laboratory, manipulating S. cerevisiae to induce more efficient biofuel production.

September 2011 – Present: Independent Research
Penn Cosmogenic Isotope Laboratory, Philadelphia, PA
Conducting field and laboratory research to characterize soil erosion and deposition rates using meteoric beryllium-10.


Sept 2008 – May 2009, Sept 2009 – May 2010, Sept 2010 – Nov 2010: Conference and Fundraising Events Intern
Energy Coordinating Agency, Philadelphia, PA
Gained experience and insight into the inner-workings of environmental non-profits. Learned how to effectively market and organize different events while getting the greatest number of people to attend.

July 2009 – August 2009: Communications and Outreach Intern
Washington Environmental Council, Seattle, WA
Developed innovative ways to reach new members and engage current members. Tabled at green festivals and farmers markets to successfully recruit and educate the public on environmental issues.

September 2010 – May 2011: Private Tutor
Penn Tutoring Center
Courses: BIOL101, BIOL102, GEOL100, PHYS101

Fall 2011: Teaching Assistant
ENVS204 Global Climate Change, University of Pennsylvania