Sophomores are accepted into the program at the end of the fall semester after an intensive application process. They commence the program by taking ES 110 Environmental Studies as a Natural Science, or ES 111 as a Social Science. 

During their first semester in the program, sophomores take ES 290, a four-credit course with two components: a service-learning project and seminar. By incorporating a service-learning component, the Center fosters inquiry and skill-building through application of scholarship in a community context. Through affiliation with Avalonia Land Conservancy, a local, multi-town land conservation organization, the Center helps students understand the value of land conservation while also providing Avalonia with needed assistance.

The ES 290 seminar is designed to help prepare students for their internships and senior integrative projects. It also offers in-depth discussion of current environmental issues with invited speakers, and the opportunity to share information among students with diverse backgrounds, including juniors and seniors in the Certificate Program. Sophomores also participate in many special events sponsored by the Center.

Class of 2017, Goodwin Niering Center for the Environment
Back row, l-r: April Zhao, Sarah Spound, Julia Serafin, Moriah McKenna, Mei Reffsin and Katie Alderman
Front Row, l-r: Marissa Gildea, Nako Kobayashi, Nikki Caspers and Lana Richards

Katie Alderman
Major: English; Minor: Philosophy 
Environmental Interest: Philosophy based examination of “Leave No Trace” ethics
Nikki Caspers
Majors: Environmental Studies and Biology
Environmental Interest: Examining management techniques for the invasive Lionfish
Marissa Gildea
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Environmental Interest: Effects of pharmaceuticals in water on Zebrafish 
Nako Kobayashi
Major: Anthropology; Minor: French
Environmental Interest: Field based education for promoting environmental and sustainable connections
Moriah McKenna
Majors: Biology and Anthropology
Environmental Interest: Archaeological survey of colonial farmsteads, evaluating environmental implications
Mei Reffsin
Major: Art; Minors: Environmental Studies and Psychology 
Environmental Interest: Increasing food education through visual, social and technological means
Lana Richards
Major: Theater
Environmental Interest: Theater production examining impacts to individuals in fracking boom towns
Julia Serafin
Major: Economics
Environmental Interest: Examining environmental and social responsibility in fashion industry
Sarah Spound
Major: Environmental Studies
Environmental Interest: Comparison of American and Danish wind power initiatives, then creating visual advocacy art portfolio
April Zhao
Majors: Environmental Studies and Economics
Environmental Interest: Cost benefit anaylsis and impact of Three Gorges Dam on China’s environment and society

Contact Information:
Goodwin-Niering Center

Goodwin-Niering Center
Connecticut College
Box 5293
F.W. Olin Science Center, Room 109
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT  06320

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