Where Is She Now?: Bethany Rosemore, Minnesota Science Fair alum

In addition to studying sharks in a shark tank off the coast of Africa, working to save penguins, and learning to scuba dive the Galapagos Island, Bethany Rosemore returned to her Cloquet Middle School alma mater last year to mentor two middle school students (Henry Slater and Lleyton Sinkkonen), who were studying Japanese Medaka, the fish she studied in middle school.

Slater and Sinkkonen’s research advanced to the Minnesota Academy of Science State Fair in April. Bethany Rosemore was a six-time entrant into the MAS fair, a three-time entrant into the Stockholm Junior Waterprize, and was a finalist at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, winning a fourth-place Grand Award and a Special Award. 

Rosemore went on to graduate in environmental studies in May 2016 from the University of Rochester in New York. She was awarded a Research and Innovation Grant from the University. The grant allowed her to volunteer for two weeks in Gansbaai, South Africa, with Great White Shark conservation and research, and with African Penguin rehabilitation. She worked on a cage-diving boat and an eco-tourism boat, where data was recorded on shark sightings and characteristics.


Rosemore has worked with her advisor, associate professor Dr. John D. Kessler, to do research in Chemical Oceanography. She was onboard a research cruise off the coast of Rhode Island to look at the fate of methane in the water column. While studying abroad in Quito and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, she was able to be a part of the launch of the Project Abby 2100 with Rochester professor Dr. Tom Mullikin and a few other students. This project aims to humanize the effects of climate change by using the peer-reviewed science and interviews to predict the future life of Baby Abby, who was born at the beginning of the project. Further information can be found at  http://globalecoadventures.org/abby2100.


"It was participating in science fair from 8th grade up that truly sparked my interest in research in the scientific field," Rosemore says. "It was science fair that allowed me to fall in love with and learn how travel while in high school. And without the support and inspiration Dr. Cynthia Welsh provided to me throughout middle and high school, many of these once-in-a-lifetime research experiences wouldn't be possible. Since my science fair days, I have independently traveled to over 10 different countries and have no plans of slowing down."

Bethany Rosemore works with Cloquet Middle School student on a Minnesota Academy of Science Fair projectBethany Rosemore works with Cloquet Middle School student on a Minnesota Academy of Science Fair project.