Kunze’s path exemplifies how undergraduate research opportunities and mentoring can lead to more water scientists
Tyler Kunze never anticipated a career as a water scientist. Yet in May, he became the first student to earn a bachelor’s degree in water science from UW-Green Bay. He’s now a graduate student in UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS).
“It’s been a long and winding road getting here,” says Kunze, who grew up on a dairy farm an hour’s drive from the nearest body of water. “I never would have thought graduating high school that I would be in this position today.” Kunze’s path exemplifies how opportunities to conduct undergraduate research and to build a professional network can lead to more water scientists—the primary goal of the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin.