Kyle Paterson, a junior Geology major, was announced as a finalist in the SMU Student Employee of the Year campaign for his work as an undergraduate research assistant in the Schuler Museum of Paleontology. Kyle was nominated by Dr. Louis Jacobs, President of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at SMU and by Diana Vineyard, Director of Administration at ISEM and supervisor over the undergraduate lab assistants.
Kyle extracts fragile fossil bones from hard rocks, and is currently working on the 110 million-year-old State dinosaur of Texas. Next he will begin work on giant marine reptiles from the country of Angola. Over 1,000 students work on the SMU campus, and the 20 finalists in the Student Employee of the Year campaign represent those who go above and beyond in their departments.
“It takes a steady hand, strong concentration, and real dedication to perform this kind of work, but Kyle excels,” Dr. Jacobs said. “He can prepare delicate specimens with great skill and he gets better every day. His behavior shows that he loves the work.”