Kaitlyn Przydzial Summer '22

Learn about Kate's research in India this summer!

Kate (B.S. Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences '23) is part of a team of MIT students who traveled to India this summer to collect samples and conduct detailed geological mapping of the Himilayas. Kate conducted the research alongside Zoe Levitt (B.S. Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences '22) and Lucy Sandoe (M.S. Geophysics '25) and was led by Craig Martin (PhD Earth, Atmosphere, and Planetary Sciences '23) and Professor Oliver Jagoutz. Read the interview below to learn more about Kate's summer!

What did a typical day in the field look like?

On a typical day, we would wake up and eat breakfast and then head out to work by about 9am. Some days were more hiking-heavy and others were more driving-heavy but the goal was always to travel around and see some representative rock outcrops in the area. We took measurements of the orientation of the rock units and also often took samples of the rocks, to be used later for geochemical analysis. We usually ended our day by about 5pm or 6pm and would then head back to the guest house to eat some dinner and go to sleep.


Kate drilling a paleomagnetism sample.


Craig and Zoe sketching the structure of the opposite mountainside..

Where did you visit?

We started out in Leh and then travelled to Charasa, Diskit, Turtuk, Khardung, and Udmaru.


Craig updating the digital map of the area.

What did you enjoy about working with your Indian colleagues?

Researching with our Indian colleagues was awesome. They were very knowledgeable about the work we were doing and were also invaluable in helping us effectively communicate with folks in the villages we travelled to.

What is your favorite place you travelled to?

I thought all of the places we travelled to were interesting for different reasons. I think Charasa was my favorite because it was a very small village with a really beautiful monastery and braided river. It was a peaceful place to walk around after a long day of field work.


Craig measuring the orientation of a rock unit.