Into the Woods: Ripon College's Andrew Kaldunski '12 conducting ecological research at Harvard Forest

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Ripon College's Andrew Kaldunski '12 (Edgar, Wis.) gathers data from a hydrological sensor at Harvard Forest.

RIPON, WI (07/05/2011)(readMedia)-- Andrew Kaldunski, a Ripon College senior computer science major from Edgar, Wis., is conducting research into effective data processing for a real-time hydrological sensor network at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, Mass.

The 11-week Harvard Forest summer research (a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates) program has been running for nearly 20 years. This year was one of their most competitive to date, with just 30 students chosen from a pool of more than 500 applicants.

Working with a faculty mentor, each student completes an independent project during the course of the program. At the end of the summer, students will present their work at an annual research symposium. Students are also encouraged to work with their mentors over the coming academic year to publish their results in scientific papers, honors theses, conference abstracts, and other forums. Many alumni choose to continue their research during graduate school and beyond, and Andrew is no exception.

"I am going to pursue continuing my education, preferably at Harvard, UMass - Amherst, or the University of Wisconsin to get an MS and possibly Ph.D. in Computer Science," said Andrew.

To learn more about the program, visit the student blog at or the official Harvard Forest REU page at

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