Allison Hubbard '14, '15 MSGES: "In science – and in life – it is okay to fail"
Master's Degree: Global Environmental Studies
Major: Environmental Science
Minors: Business Administration and Psychology
Hometown: Barre, MA
Allison Hubbard ’14, ’15 MSGES was initially reluctant to consider attending Bryant, where her father, Harry Hubbard, Ph.D., teaches history and social sciences. But, the future environmental science major changed her mind after learning of Bryant’s significant investment in science-based initiatives.
“I learned to actively and carefully listen and to trust my instincts in my work.”
Now she holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a master’s degree in Global Environmental Studies from Bryant. She is an applications engineer at Hanna Instruments, the world’s largest privately held manufacturer of electro-analytical instrumentation.
As a student, Hubbard participated in the Bryant Players and Bryant Singers, and served as an Academic Center for Excellence peer tutor and writing consultant. She led Bryant University Hillel as board president, was the student speaker at Bryant’s 2014 Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, and served as a board member of Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light, an organization providing a faith-based response to climate change.
Hubbard also was a resident assistant and a mentor and judge for the Bryant IDEA (Innovation Design Experience for All), an immersive program for first-year students.
As a resident assistant, she says, “I learned to actively and carefully listen and to trust my instincts in my work.”
During the summer of 2013, Hubbard was a research fellow with the widely recognized Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. She worked with Associate Professor Dan McNally, Ph.D., evaluating whether an historic oil spill site could be remediated.
“Hearing about Professor McNally’s varied experiences inspired me to try different aspects of science,” says Hubbard. “He taught me that in science – and in life – it is okay to fail … you figure out why you failed, and move forward … to try and obtain results.”
Thanks to McNally’s mentorship and what she’d achieved through Bryant’s rigorous science curriculum, Hubbard was invited to present her research to peers, industry experts, and judges at the 2013 Undergraduate Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland.
Named to the President’s List four times, Hubbard was on the Dean’s List throughout her undergraduate years. She was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a leadership honor society. In recognition of her scientific contributions, Hubbard has been inducted into Sigma Xi, the oldest scientific research society in the world.