Mariah, I have seen first hand the effects of high volume slickwater hydraulic fracturing on human health in southwest Pennsylvania and my home state of West Virginia. Whole families with deep, persistent coughs, nose bleeds, loss of memory and sense of smell. I personally know a 4 year old boy who doubles over with pain for days on end due to exposure from emissions from the 5 wells near his home. His mother, father, and older brother are all very sick. I know a man who lives within an eighth of a mile of a cryo-separation facility (part of the shale gas infrastructure) who had to seal his windows shut and install a makeshift filtration system for his home to avoid the toxic emissions from that plant. Last week he was diagnosed with brain, liver and lung cancer. I am helping him to relocate to an area of PA that has (for now) better air quality. I am a professor of civil and environmental engineering at a private research institute in upstate New York. I worked for the US Department of Energy at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Richland, WA for over 15 years. In my professional opinion, you are doing exactly the right thing. Best wishes for your academic and professional pursuits. If you are considering an advanced degree in alternative energy research, please consider Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. It would be an honor to have you in my lab.