Last summer, Noah Kaufman ’16 spent much of his time in the great outdoors, working on a mammal survey at the San Timoteo Canyon Nature Sanctuary in Redlands.
“I set up cameras and looked at mammal tracks to get an idea of who’s in there and in what relative frequency, and if they prefer any certain habitat,” said Kaufman, a native of Portland, Oregon.
Kaufman was at the sanctuary as part of the University’s Science Summer Research Program, which gives students stipends to work on research in collaboration with faculty. He worked with fellow student Abby Brown and Dr. Jim Blauth on a project titled “Survey of medium and large mammals in San Timoteo Nature Sanctuary using tracks and game cameras.”
Always interested in science, Kaufman discovered during his freshman year he was also intrigued by government, and is now a biology and government double major. “I’ve loved all the classes I’ve taken,” he said. “Being able to do the research program really opened my eyes to what a special place it is here.”
When he’s not in class or out in the field, Kaufman can be found on stage. He had roles in recent productions of Spring Awakening and Urinetown, reprising a part he first performed in high school. “Some of the best friends I have now are in the theater department,” he said. “It’s just a great group of people who are very talented.”
Kaufman hopes to travel after graduation, and eventually attend graduate school. Over the past three years, he’s “definitely grown a lot in the academic sense, as well as in all of the things I do—theatre, student government, the research program. I’ve been able to do all these things and I’m encouraged to do all these things. It’s been really humbling and exciting.”