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Yanli Guo ’12 is establishing a solid foundation in scientific research this summer with Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee, conducting research on water resources in China, including the South-North Water Transfer Project and hydropower. Their aim is to understand as best as possible the socioeconomic, biophysical, and geopolitical implications of large-scale water engineering projects.

“I believe this work will serve as the foundation in my process of becoming a successful science researcher,” Guo explains. “Environmental study has many interactions with other social and scientific domains. Realizing the close interrelationship of environmental science and other domains, I hope to expand and further develop my research skills through the summer science research program.”

She credits her courses at HWS for fostering her ability to work independently and think creatively in the HWS classroom. In addition to improving her research, organizational, and analytical skills this summer, Guo is taking on one of her most challenging projects yet; but for her, “challenge” and “reward” are synonymous. 

She is co-authoring a research paper with Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Darrin Magee titled, “Gaining by Reducing: Improving end-use efficiency of electric power in China.”

“Co-authoring this paper with Professor Magee will be my biggest reward for the work I am doing this summer.”

Guo thanks many members of the faculty and staff for providing a strong support system her first year on campus. An international student from China, Guo is a Resident Assistant, member of the Laurel Society, study mentor and Chinese tutor at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Teaching Assistant in the mathematics department, research assistant in the environmental studies department, night monitor in Intercultural Affairs, board member of International Students Association, and student volunteer in the Geneva city school district.