Wyoming Dinosaur Center
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Tori Gamel

Liberal Arts Major(s): Anthropology, Archaeological Science, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Experience Time: Summer 2021

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

While I was in Wyoming, I had the opportunity to teach the public about dinosaurs and work in an active dig site. We constantly found dinosaur bones in the Morrison Formation (roughly 148 million years ago) of Camarasaurus and Allosaurus. My biggest discovery among the countless ribs and vertebra was a femur the size of my leg. We were able to uncover it and remove it from the matrix (rock), a process which usually takes years, but it only took us a few weeks.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience taught me how important it is to reach into other fields and learn from them. I have loved dinosaurs my whole life, but I never would have considered myself a Paleontologist. After this internship, I can now say I am more certified than many others in the profession. It also taught me how communication between passionate people can further your own passions.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This experience taught me that I love working with the public academically, meaning working in areas where I get to talk with the public about the stuff I love while teaching them new information about their interests.

"This experience taught me how important it is to reach into other fields and learn from them." 

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

I heard about the internship through an email sent out by the Liberal Arts advisors and I was instantly interested.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows program has taught me a lot throughout my time at PSU, but one of the biggest things is always asking questions if you don't know and to always search for the answer.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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