Stephanie Tougas (CAS ’10)
Beginning BUMP my junior year at Boston University was truly a life changing experience. I made some of the best friends I could ask for, as well as spending a semester solely focusing on topics I actually cared about. Participating in BUMP is like being in your own little world separate from the rest of the BU community; you become really close with your classmates by being thrown into both mentally and often times physically demanding situations. I learned how to develop viable and intriguing research questions and subsequently how to carry them out in the field or lab. I have some great memories that range from throwing chum into the ocean to conduct a seabird census, to watching dolphins jump through bioluminescing plankton as I stood bow watch on the boat in the Caribbean. I wouldn’t give up this experience for anything, and it was so nice I did BUMP twice! (both my junior and senior Fall semesters).
Currently I attend Fordham University in NYC and am pursuing a Masters in Ecology. I work in a lab that studies little fresh water fish called darters. Recently I led a field expedition in Tennessee that aimed to understand the impact urbanization is having on the species composition of these fish. I plan to graduate in the summer of 2013. The skills I learned in BUMP definitely carried over into conducting my thesis work. I hope to eventually get back into marine science specifically, but for now one thing at a time.