An English novelist and poet, Hardy explored the dynamics of human
relationships. Sexual attraction between men and women was a theme common to
several of his works. He depicted the concept of fate as a villain, using
characters who fought losing battles against this impersonal force. Human
downfall was portrayed in his writing as the result of an unwilling conflict
with a hostile, meaningless universe.
Impact in the real world...
What made Rachel's Lake Superior State experience so unique was the practical research she did with top-notch faculty.
"I really enjoyed working with environmental chemistry professor Judy Westrick and biologist Deb Stai," Rachel says. "For my senior project, we evaluated a lab method for cultivating a fungus that causes infections in humans."