For years, Germantown Academy graduate Aja Carter ’10 has
been curious about “seeing a world that isn’t there anymore” and finding out
what happened, as she explained in a recent article
on Drexel University’s website.
Carter’s passion for dinosaurs and eagerness to know what
happened to them has led her to Drexel University, where she is conducting
research alongside graduate students and professors in Drexel’s Paleontology
and Geology Program.
“I’m learning to ask the right things,”
she said in the article.
Carter, a sophomore, is planning to build a catalog of the
Academy of Natural Science’s extensive specimen collection that would assist
her colleagues in their research. Impressively, Carter has already made a
discovery of her own. While on her first dig in Montana, she and fellow Drexel
students stumbled upon a cache of fossilized dinosaur remains, which could lead
to important discoveries in a broad range of sciences,
including: anatomy, biomechanics, ecology, cellular biology, evolutionary
heritage and climate study.
Recently, Carter wrote Head of Upper School
Rich Schellhas explaining how GA prepared her for her studies at Drexel.
“Germantown Academy really set me up to do well in college,”
wrote Carter. “In addition to being able to handle my studies, the time
management skills I learned at GA also allowed me to venture into research. I
have to juggle my time doing research and course work at Drexel.
“I might be doing dinosaur sized work at Drexel, but I got
my start at GA!” stated Carter.