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Victoria Dugas (Baton Rouge, LA)

Chemical Engineering
Louisiana State University



What are your research interest(s)?


I did a lot of research with the effects the BP oil spill had on the atmosphere in the gulf region. The research we did peaked my interest into other environmental research. 



What are your Interests outside of school and research?  What do you like to do for FUN?


I love reading a good book. I could spend hours reading and not even realize it. I also love going boating with all my friends and watching them wakeboard. 



How did you hear about the ACCESS program? Why did you apply?


I heard about the ACCESS program through one of my professors. I had talked to him about wanting to go to graduate school after my undergraduate and he told me this program would be great at helping me decide if that’s what I really want for myself.


What were some interesting/fun things you did at ACCESS and/or people you met?


One of my favorite things we did was learning about the chemical engineering graduate program at MIT. That program really inspired me to do more with chemical engineering than just an undergrad. 



What was your favorite part of the weekend and why?


My favorite part was meeting all the other people there. It was interesting to see how different Boston was from Baton Rouge. I even got to meet some people that went to MIT that are Louisiana natives.



Prior to attending ACCESS, did you have plans to apply for Graduate School? How did ACCESS impact your decision?


 The ACCESS program helped me decide that I want to go to graduate school one day but I want to gain experience in industry before I try to pursue my PhD.



Are you planning on applying to/attending Graduate School now?  If so where?


I am not planning on attending graduate school immediately after graduation.



Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  10 years?


In 5 years I can seem myself trying to pursue my after I’ve gained the industry experience I wanted to gain. In 10 years I could see myself maybe getting close to earning my PhD.