Like a lot of college students, Nicole Armbruster '05, of Bedford, New York, did some volunteer work during the summer. Her experience was more hands-on than most, though -- she was the youngest member of a seven-person team of volunteer and paid archaeologists participating in the study of the 23-million-acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.

Armbruster camped along the Kuna River as a volunteer for the federal Bureau of Land Management for two months, assisting with a project meant to protect habitats and archaeological sites while also allowing for the extraction of petroleum. Each day, she told the Westchester, New York, Journal-News, she got up at 6 a.m. to catch a helicopter to a site where she searched for artifacts. The work "deepened her persepctive on the hardships faced by prehistoric people," the article stated.

To read the full feature story on Armbruster's summer experience, click here.

Posted: August 19, 2002

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