If not for the helping hand of a faculty advisor, it’s a good bet that the education portion of Bill Meyer’s resume would be one section shorter.
“The person who had a profound impact on me while I was a student at the U of I was Dr. Sara McLafferty in the department of geography,” says Meyer (MS '10, geography, GIS), a natural resource specialist, biologist, geographer and landscape architect now working for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center.
“Dr. McLafferty was my graduate thesis advisor and stuck with me through the rigorous process of thesis development and presentation, which wasn’t always smooth going.
“As an adult learner working a full-time job at the time I was pursing my master’s in GIS science, I would not have been successful without Dr. McLafferty’s support.
“I cannot thank her enough.”