Brynn Vandergriff

Virginia Wesleyan University, Class of 2022

Major

Environmental Science

Student Highlight

Brynn spent the summer of 2021 traveling the city of Virginia Beach to measure heat and its impact on the community. Her research focused on heat distribution in the Virginia Beach area. The data she collected will help local officials to make decisions about the region’s future.

She worked closely with her research mentor, Prof. Elizabeth Malcolm, to train volunteers, map research routes, and organize data collection. In addition, she applied for and received an Undergraduate Research grant from the VFIC Undergraduate Science Research Fellowship program.

As someone who is interested in a career focused on climate change and preventative measures, Brynn used this experience to gain knowledge about the field, the community, and herself. And, to become a spokesperson for the cause on the local news.