GNCE Class of 2020
Class of 2020 Certificate Students
Back row, l-r: Avatar Simpson, Emma Brooks, and Julia Neumann
Front row, l-r: Jonathan Monderer, Anna Laprise, Sarah Stephen, Haruko Tatyama, Jennifer Rojas, and Marcus Vinicius Pinto Pereeira Jr.

Seniors in the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment certificate program return from their internships and share their experiences and with other certificate students in their third year of the Certificate Seminar ES 495. They continue active participation in Center-sponsored activities and complete any outstanding certificate requirements. Now the students integrate their experiences gained from their majors, additional course work, internships and research into their senior integrative projects.

During the year they present their progress to students and faculty in the Certificate Seminar. They present their final senior integrative project as either an individual study or an honors thesis at an annual public event, and prepare posters and abstracts of their work. Finally, the seniors attend a ceremony in their honor where they receive their Certificates in Environmental Studies.

Meet Our Seniors!

Emma Brooks
Environmental Studies major, Anthropology minor
SIP Advisor:
 Derek Turner
Internship: Slow Food USA, Denver, CO

Anna Laprise
Government major, Economics and Environmental Studies minor
SIP Advisor: Eric Vukicevich
Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, ME

Alan Lau
Government major, Hispanic Studies minor
SIP: Analyzing the EPA's CAFO Regulations Through an Environmental Justice Perspective
SIP Advisor: Jane Dawson
Internship: Earth Day Network, Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Monderer
Environmental Studies major, Anthropology minor
SIP: Effects of Climate Change and Habitat Destruction upon Marine and Coastal Dwelling Organisms
SIP Advisor: 
Maria Rosa
Internships: Mass Audubon's Coastal Waterbird Program, Cape Cod, MA, and Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk CT (research in Colombia) 

Julia Neumann
Religous Studies major, Environmental Studies minor
SIP: Sense of Place Development and its Effects on Ethical Considerations of the Environment
SIP Advisor: Michelle Neely
Internship: Alumni Department at NOLS Headquarters, Lander, WY

Jennifer Rojas
Computer Science major
SIP Advisor: Julia Flagg
Internship: CultureHouse, Cambridge, MA

Avatar Simpson
Environmental Studies major, Economics and Religous Studies minors
SIP: Promoting Urban Sustainability by Reimagining Streetscapes
SIP Advisor: Anna Valley
Internship: Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, Waterbury, CT

Sarah Stephen
Environmental Studies and Psychology majors
SIP: Environmental Education as a Solution to Environmental Issues
SIP Advisor: Julia Flagg
Internship: Yellow Farmhouse, Stonington, CT, and Common Grounds, New Haven, CT

Haruko Tateyama
Chemistry major, Government minor
SIP: Technological and Social Challenges in Moving Towards Sustainable Transportation: Focus on Electric Vehicle Shift
Internship: Nanograf Corporation, Chicago, IL

Marcus Vinicius Pinto Pereira, Jr.
Chemistry and Computer Science majors
SIP: Synthetic Strategies Towards the Total Synthesis of Frondosin D.
SIP Advisor: Timo Ovaska
Internship: Organic Synthesis Laboratory Connecticut College, New London, CT, and University of São Paulo, Brazil