Lauren majored in Environmental Geoscience and minored in Spanish. She was also an Honor Scholar, a member of the Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority and in the ITAP program. Lauren is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Geological Engineering and a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow at Michigan Technology University in Houghton, Michigan . Her research of active volcanic hazards has taken her all over the world (e.g. Indonesia, France, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom, and Guatemala).