By Swati Hegde

Arlette Ineza Ngabonzima (left) and Catalina Ruiz (right) are researching the urban and environmental history of the Cobbs Creek area and the potential for future watershed partnerships that promote community engagement and stewardship. Through this research, they are committed to connecting with a wide variety of stakeholders to better understand their interests for the future of the Cobbs Creek Watershed.

Arlette is aspiring towards her bachelor’s degree in computer science from the School of Engineering. She hopes to invest her time in the summer in researching and learning how to generate greater community engagement with the natural world for sustainable development and environment protection.

Catalina is a rising junior in the College of Arts and Science, majoring in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Spanish. She has an interest in educational equity at the K-12 level and hopes to pursue a career in public education.

Arlette and Catalina are funded through the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships’ (CURF) Penn Undergraduate Research Mentorship (PURM) Program for the summer 2020. Prof. Simon Richter and Prof. Howard Neukrug are serving as their faculty mentors. 

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