The decision to study Earth Science at UNC remains one of the best decisions Iíve ever made. The UNC Earth Science professors took a genuine interest in my development and were instrumental in preparing me for my career.
The UNC graduate school allowed me the flexibility to design my program to meet my professional goals and objectives. When I think back to my grad school years, my favorite memories are of relationships developed with other students and professors. It was the wisdom of my advisor, Dr. Lee Shropshire and his expert knowledge of Rocky Mountain Geology and his sincere guidance during that period of transition and professional growth that prepared me for my professional career in Science Education.
Dr. Shropshire could not only beat all his students to the top of the outcrop , but he was also extremely challenging educator who set high expectations for his students and was willing to help us meet his lofty standards, which had profound and lasting effects on my own teaching and research.
My special Grad School memories are of all the talented UNC Earth Science faculty and how they are special friends, and how they are brilliant, kind, caring, and incredibly passionate educators, who are such good friends to my family and I well past graduation.
Ray received the Century of Scholars Lifetime Achievement Award at the Graduate School's 100 Year Commemorative Celebration in April of 2013. Read more about the event here.