News and Comments from Recent Graduates

Departmental graduate pursuing PhD at Virginia TechElyse Clark

Environmental Science and Geology graduate Elyse Clark (Class of 2013) is currently working on her Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Her research will concern Mountain Top Removal (MTR) coal mine reclamation, the water chemistry of mine drainage, and the weathering of mine spoil. While at UMW, Elyse completed 3 years of undergraduate research, culminating in a Senior Thesis supervised by Dr. Ben Kisila.
“Participating in undergraduate research enabled me to learn many laboratory and field techniques and gain confidence participating in and leading a research project. My research experience and course load at UMW helped prepare me professionally and academically for continuing my studies as a graduate student.”


Environmental Science Graduate lands 9-month Internship in Florida

Environmental Science graduate Erin Stewart (UMW Class of 2013) will soon begin a 9-month internship taking care of some very large felines at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, Florida.  Erin will be caring for the cats and leading tours at the facility.  After the internship, she plans to continue her education in graduate school, majoring in conservation biology or zoology, with the ultimate goal of working in endangered species conservation.

Earth and Environmental Science Grad begins PhD program at American University

IMG_1583Environmental Science major Abby Lindsay, UMW Class of 2006, is enrolled as a PhD Student at American University’s School for International Service.  After graduating from UMW,  Abby completed dual Master’s degrees in Environmental Policy and Urban Planning at Tufts University in 2009.  She then worked as an Environmental Cooperation Advisor at the United States Department of State, before deciding to return to graduate school to concentrate on doctoral studies.  Abby completed a Honors in Environmental Science senior thesis while at UMW.

“UMW’s Environmental Science Honors Program provided me with the opportunity to work closely with professors and also pursue my own research interests.  This helped me significantly as I went on to graduate work at Tufts.  The research and international travel I gained at UMW also gave me a foundation for my work at the State Department, where I’ve focused on environment and trade issues for over four years.”