Stanford University
Shersingh Tumber

Paying it forward in science

Shersingh TumberPhD StudentEarth System Science


For graduate student Shersingh Tumber, growing up in Puerto Rico, exploring the rainforest, and getting lost on his family’s 30-acre farm instilled a love of the environment. While at the University of New Hampshire, Tumber knew graduate school was in his future, but it wasn’t until he participated in Stanford Earth's Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering Program (SURGE) that he could envision himself at a place like Stanford.

He fondly remembers the passion and mentorship given to him when he participated in SURGE. Now as a Stanford PhD student in the Jackson Lab, Tumber has enjoyed paying it forward as a SURGE mentor to Cornell University junior Alexis Wilson. Through Tumber’s guidance, Wilson looked at root biomass at a 2D-depth scale and seeing how it is affected by changes in soil characters.

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