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

Juniors continue to participate in the Certificate Seminar ES 395.Designed to help prepare students for their internships and senior integrative projects, the seminar provides juniors an opportunity to present their proposals to students and faculty. It also offers in-depth discussion of current environmental issues with invited speakers, and the opportunity to share information among students with diverse backgrounds.

Juniors take the additional courses that they have selected to prepare for their internships and projects. Many students study away for one semester so they are encouraged to select a location with courses that will augment their program of studies in the Center. Finally, they submit their internship learning agreements for approval, and prepare to leave for their summer work with a variety of organizations in different states and abroad. 

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