Environmental Science

Meet some of our ES&P undergraduates

 

Suela John, B.A. '10

Why did you choose ES&P as a major?

I chose this major because I am interested in the correlation between science and policy, and how these two fields can be used when solving relevant issues in society today. I am interested in ES&P because it allows me to get involved in various projects, such as my environmental justice internship, in which I have the opportunity to study vulnerable communities, and the various factors that affect these communities. For the future, I hope to go to law school for environmental science and public health, specifically focusing on environmental justice work.

Are you working on faculty-student research?

I am working on an academic internship this year with ES&P professor Tim Downs. We are using indoor environmental testing to learn more about the communities at risk in the Main South and Piedmont neighborhoods.

Have you participated in an internship this year?

Yes. The internship is focused on indoor environmental sampling and I am a research assistant. My main responsibilities are to help gather information on the various pollutants such as mold and particulate matter, and help with the research as well as sampling. The internship is educational, allowing me to work both independently and in a group setting. Most importantly I enjoy the responsibilities, and the opportunity to gain experience in the environmental field as an undergraduate.

 

Stephanie L. Oleksyk, B.A./M.A. '08

Why did you choose ES&P as a major?

As an undergrad I chose ES&P because I am very interested in the natural sciences but was looking for a more flexible curriculum in which I could try a few sciences and apply what I learned to solving environmental problems. I have stayed in this program of study to finish up my Accelerated BA/Master’s Degree Program because I think that there are many different directions I can go in with a background in ES&P. I may seek a position doing ecological research, write remediation plans for an environmental consulting firm, or try to enter the field &f R&D for remediation techniques.

Are you working on faculty-student research?

No, though I am interested in helping with local lead testing in the Worcester community with ES&P professor Tim Downs.

What is your area of interest?

I am very interested in the design and application of remedial technologies, as well as risk characterization and ecological impact studies.

Have you participated in an internship this year?

Yes, I currently intern at Corporate Environmental Advisors of West Boylston. I am writing a release abatement measure plan (RAM) for a former liquid waste dump in Leicester, Mass. This paper will be submitted to DEP before a voluntary clean-up of the site. The RAM plan includes a site description, analysis of the local hydrology, a release history, description of the decision-making process, explanation of the remedial technique of choice, schedule for remediation, an assessment of policies that cover this action, as well as a monitoring plan.