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Esha Bharadwaj

Major: Geography, with a minor in political science

Clark Days: The summer after her sophomore year, Esha studied the relationship between altitude and winter wind chill temperature as part of a National Science Foundation-funded NEPARS Research Experience for Undergraduates. Last summer, she worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s OAR Climate Program Office to build a database of flood-resilience strategies used across the U.S. Outside of her research, she worked at Clark’s Career Connections Center and as a peer mentor for the Clark Navigator program for incoming students, and was treasurer of the South Asian Student Association and a member of the African Diaspora Dance Association, International Student Rights Coalition, Gryphon and Pleiades Honor Society, and Gamma Theta Upsilon Honor Society.

Post-Commencement Plans: As part of a Global Sustainability Scholars fellowship this summer, Esha will work with a Virginia Tech University professor to research sustainable consumerism and sustainable production and attend a weeklong international conference on sustainability, in Panama. This fall, she will start Clark’s fifth-year Accelerated Degree Program in geographic information science (GIS).

Observation: Since high school in India, Esha has loved studying geography. “What drew me to Clark was geography itself,” she says of Clark’s top-rated Graduate School of Geography. “You can connect geography to pretty much anything; it covers so many different areas and different topics. There is always something new to learn.”