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Ansley WatkinsAnsley Watkins

Peer Mentor President
Hometown: metro Atlanta, Georgia
Major: Natural Resource Management
Specialization: Administration and Management

Future Career Plans: I plan to work at some intersection of environmental education and conservation.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part about SENR is learning about topics in class and then being able to recognize those items later on and apply what I have learned to different situations.

Research: I have done three research internships: one with NC A&T University, one with Iowa State University, and one here, at OSU; they were on bacteria prevalence, turtle populations, and algal blooms and water-related items, respectively. My favorite part has been learning from others in the different labs and getting to present my research and speak with members of the public about what research I am conducting and why.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Morrill Scholars Program
  • Buckeye Leadership Fellows
  • ENR Scholars
  • LSAMP (Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation)
  • Undergraduate Student Government



Erin BaerPortrait of Austin Kramer

SENR Ambassador President 
Hometown: Summerfield, North Carolina
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specalization: Policy and Governance

Future Career Plans: In the future, I hope to be a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reviewer to ensure that project proposals comply with environmental regulations and are not detrimental to the natural ecosystem. On the other hand, I am also interested in working for a non-profit organization that educates citizens on environmental problems and advocates for Congress to make pro-environmental decisions.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect about SENR is how it is one of the smaller schools on campus. Although some may feel disconnected from the university because we are located on West Campus, I find this aspect of SENR to be what makes me feel the most school spirit because I know I can call West Campus my home. It is rare that I walk into a class or an academic building without recognizing a familiar face, whether that be a faculty member or a fellow student.

Internship Experience: In the summers of 2018 and 2019, I interned for the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project to coordinate logistics for the Youth Energy Conference and Awards, which is an annual event in Washington, D.C. dedicated to celebrating students K-12 from around the country for their efforts to promote energy conservation in their local communities. As a former attendee of this conference in middle school, it was rewarding to see my hard work pay off as participants partook in exciting energy conservation activities throughout the event. Further, NEED partnered with Exelon and HeForShe in 2019 to run STEM Academies in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, and Chicago, IL for high-school-aged girls to encourage more women to pursue STEM careers. Helping plan these academies inspired me as the young women had ambitious ideas about the future of energy conservation.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • ENR Scholars
  • Mountaineers Club
  • Sierra Club
  • Server at the Faculty Club