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Billy Jack Traversie

Program: Geo-Launchpad

Year: 2017

Mentor: John Rhoades (USGS), Sam Bishop


Showcasing Minerals and Elements Critical to the National Security of the United States


About Billy

Billy started college at the young age of 35, previously having no intentions of going back to school let alone pursuing higher education. After Billy worked in couple different industries, he started to see the value in an education. When he went back to school, Billy was interested in a degree to take back to the pharmaceutical industry. While taking Geography as an elective at the Community College of Aurora he quickly realized he had a passion for the subject. Billy is currently enrolled at Metropolitan State University of Denver for Physical Geography. Billy’s role for the Internship was to build a mineral display case and to research on (REE’s) or Rare Earth Elements for the (USGS) United States Geological Survey.