Molly Autery ‘22
Molly Autery, a geology major from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was awarded the Putnam UMass Scholars Program scholarship. Originally enrolled as a computer science major, Molly found her passion for geology once she settled at UMass. She hopes to study oceanography, specifically deep-sea mapping of the ocean floor and sea floor dynamics.
Molly has taken Honors courses, including a resource economics and minerology colloquiums. She lived in the Honors “Culture in a Changing Society” residential academic program (RAP) in her first-year, which allowed her to develop friendships while endeavoring her coursework.
“It was a phenomenal class,” she said. “Being in the RAP along with that, we all bonded so much. We’re all so very close and keep in touch, so that was a great course. It was really great to come in [to UMass] with a community.”
Outside of her studies, Molly participates in the UMass geography club, and is an open-water swimmer and a member of the UMass water polo team. Her passion for swimming has helped her de-stress from the virtual work world.
“Pretty much every morning I’m swimming,” Molly said. “It’s a chance to be outside, and there’s nothing like taking a cold dip in the water before having to go online. It’s been great to have that.”
Molly is looking forward to working on her Honors thesis project in her senior year.