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Environment, Economy, Development, Sustainability Majors

Abby Thiel

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
thiel.115@osu.edu
Hometown: Upper Sandusky, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Community Development
Minor: Geographic Information Science (GIS), City and Regional Planning

Career Interests: I hope to have a career that promotes sustainable city development. I'd like to work in the public or nonprofit sectors to support communities and make positive social and infrastructural change.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR would definitely be the community. The faculty and staff here are all super approachable, and they are always eager to support students and share their knowledge. I have never felt overwhelmed by the enormity of Ohio State because of the support that I have received from my teachers, advisors, and peers. SENR is truly a welcoming community that encourages me to grow.

Internship/Research Experience: I recently had an internship with the City of Hilliard's Planning Division. While an intern, I got to help City staff with reviewing development proposals and making sure that plans followed City Code.

I am currently pursuing an Honors undergraduate research thesis under Dr. Maria Manta Conroy through the City and Regional Planning Section of the Knowlton School. My research is looking at how universities in the Midwest are using green infrastructure to manage stormwater.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Time for Change at The Ohio State University

  • Net Impact - The Ohio State University Undergraduate Chapter

  • Blueprint Columbus

  • University Honors


Audrey Davis

Peer MentorSLB1
davis.6409@osu.edu
Hometown: Plain City, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business
 

Career Interests:  I hope to work to conserve water and clean polluted waters. I am also interested in working as an environmental consultant and hopefully one day for a government agency. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR is the community and the great opportunities the school provides students. SENR has many great opportunities for networking and connecting with other students such as the EPN events and the Back 2 School Bash. Also, the gardens on West Campus are some of my favorite study spots! :) 

Internship/Research Experience: I have had two internships. During the summer of 2021, I worked in Denver, CO as an Environmental Technician for Clean Harbors. Clean Harbors is a hazardous waste company and I worked with them collecting and handling hazardous waste from industrial and retail sites. I also did various office duties such as balancing financial statements. During the summer of 2022, I worked in Columbus as an Environmental Intern for American Structurepoint. While with American Structurepoint, I assisted the Lead Environmental Scientist on evaluating stream and wetland quality and I used ArcGIS to produce maps for various reports. 

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Mountaineers

  • Student Sustainability Lead for the Office of Student Life

  • SENR Peer Mentor 

 


Cara Annandono

Peer Mentor
SLB1
annandono.2@osu.edu
Hometown: Warren, Ohio
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Community Development

Career Interests: Anything sustainability related! 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: SENR has the best community of people, all focused on the same goal of bettering the environment.

Internship/Research Experience: 

Outreach Intern at Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District

  • assisted with various community programs that support soil and water conservation efforts in Franklin county
  • primary focus was Community Backyards program, which incentivized homeowners in Franklin county to compost, utilize rain barrels, and plant native plants

Hilltop Sustainability Ambassador Program Co-Manager

  • managed initiative in the Greater Hilltop Area - in partnership with the City of Columbus, and a local non-profit - to improve recycling rates

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • SENR Peer Mentor
  • Student Instructional Assistant for Intro to Environmental Science
  • Health Science Scholar
  • College Mentors for Kids - Mentor

 


Cara Sheets

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
sheets.337@osu.edu
Hometown: Pomeroy, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Community Development
Minor: Spanish

Career Interests: I am interested in the intersection of economic and community development, specifically as it relates to transportation and equitable access to public resources. My current goal is to work in the public sector and pursue a master's degree in public administration.

Favorite part of SENR/OSU: SENR makes attending a huge university feel more personal. I love how the school seeks to connect students with resources and with each other. I have met some of my best friends and mentors in this school!

Internship/Research Experiences: During the Summer of 2022, I interned with Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO). Based in Nelsonville, Ohio, this nonprofit promotes education, environmental stewardship, health & human services, arts & culture, and economic development through regional philanthropy. I worked on the Community Funds team and created a database of fund information, designed fundraising material, and collaborated with county-based community fund leaders throughout Appalachian Ohio. I also spent the month of July studying spatial information for environment and natural resources at Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie!

Campus Involvements:

  • International Affairs Scholars
  • Mountaineers at Ohio State
  • Undergraduate Business Women's Association
  • Student Instructional Assistant for Intro to Environmental Science (ENR 2100)

 


Clare Matthews

Peer MentorSLB1
Matthews.677@osu.edu
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Community Development
Minor: Brewing Science

Career Interests: To run no-waste, sustainable brewery!

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The opportunities to grow!

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Peer mentors

  • Mountaineers Executive board

 

 


Hifsah Ayub

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
ayub.11@buckeyemail.osu.edu
Hometown: Pickerington, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: International Development

Career Interests: For my future career, I would like to work with a company or an organization that I feel is genuinely making a difference when it comes to sustainability. I feel like there is a lot of greenwashing nowadays, so I'd love to work with a team that genuinely cares to implement sustainable measures and make a difference in how they operate. I would hope to work with a team that is comprised of passionate visionaries, working to make their company and the world a cleaner place.

Favorite part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR would have to be the diversity of interests there are. While there are so many of us studying the environment, each person has different passions and goals. I think it is so interesting to hear from different people and see what they would like to achieve in the future. There are also a great range of majors, with some being much more nature-oriented, and others being more social science focused. There really is a place for everyone within SENR. Also, the faculty are amazing and have always been open to chatting or giving advice. It's great to have advisors and professors in the school that genuinely care for students and their success.

Internship/Research Experiences: Over the summer I started working as a Sustainability Intern for Smart Columbus. Smart Columbus is a part of our city's government that works on creating a cleaner environment by helping to educate people and provide the resources to implement more sustainable modes of transportation. They also partner with companies across Columbus to help educate employees, electrify their fleets and put up more charging stations around the city. 

I have also worked as a research assistant in the Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab on campus. I have worked on different studies with different graduate students to help assist with data collection. I worked with Logan Hobbs, who was studying environmental behaviors. In the lab, I was able to run participants through the study and help provide them with the instructions needed to complete the study. I also worked with Jaime Lucas, who's study was centered around product lifecycle (acquisition, use, and disposal). For this study, I helped organize various journal articles that were relevant to the study.

I also worked as a research assistant for Anna Liu, who studied different universities and their sustainability efforts during the COVID pandemic. For this study, I helped find different articles relating to campus sustainability and organized them within an excel sheet, ranking them by most to least relevant. It was really interesting to learn how different campuses reacted to the COVID pandemic, and how they were able to keep up with sustainability initiatives.

Campus Involvements:

  • Morrill Scholars
  • Research Assistant
  • Net Impact
  • STEP

 


Isabelle Rosenberg

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
rosenberg.1241@osu.edu
Hometown: Granville, Ohio
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business 
Minor: Fashion and Retail Studies

Career Interests: I hope to work in either sustainable fashion or environmental policy. I am very passionate about both of these areas and would love to pursue a career that promotes sustainability and environmental activism.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love the community of people I have found in SENR. My professors, advisors, and fellow students all make me feel so welcomed and accepted. In such a large school, I am comforted to have a close knit community within SENR.

Undergraduate Research: I have had the pleasure of being an undergraduate research assistant for graduate student Thelma Velez who studies environmental justice issues in Puerto Rico. Through this opportunity, I was able to learn about the island's fight for independence, food sovereignty, increased use of renewable energy, and agroecology. I am currently interning with a local environmental lawyer to learn more about the interworkings of environmental policies and organizations.

Internship/Research Experiences: This summer I was a Legislative Fellow with a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots climate change advocacy organization called Citizens Climate Lobby. I was a member of the government affairs team where I helped with research, building relationships with diverse advocacy organizations and congressional offices, and attended congressional hearings/briefings on behalf of Citizen Climate Lobby. It was a highlight of my summer and helped me get more experience in my career field.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Washington Academic Internship Program 
  • Zero Waste
  • ENR Scholars
  • ENR Leadership Council 
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant

 


Liam Nigro

Peer Mentor and SENR AmbassadorSLB1
nigro.23@osu.edu
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business 

Career Interests: I find purpose through working with others and being outdoors. I hope to work with a business that strives to promote environmental stewardship and activism. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: Throughout the last two months of being a student in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, the community and friendliness of the school is the my most underlining and positive aspects of the school. OSU, one of the largest campuses in North America makes you feel like a very very small fish in a very large Ohioan pond. Yet, within SENR, I feel the close-knit community and care of a small university. I am able to walk around the Library for SENR after only two months of being here and spot several people that I know and sit with them. Additionally, everyone in SENR has been the friendliest people that I have met at campus. When I have a question about where to go or a recommendation on a random matter they are always willing to help with a big smile! Finally, the teacher, advisors, and staff in SENR really have your best interest in mind and want you to achieve your fullest potential. All the faculty give me great 1-on-1 time and are always available to make time to meet.

Internship Experience: Last summer, I worked at an experiential youth outdoor camp in Telluride, Colorado. At Telluride Academy, I worked as an intern and instructor facilitating educational experiences for groups of students through environmental education, ecological exploration, kayaking, rock climbing, and backpacking in the San Juan Mountains. My experience highlighted my interest to work in a mission-based business and taught me self-reliance.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Student Research Assistant with Jay Martin
  • Mountaineers Club
  • Net Impact
  • Arouse at OSU

Molly Ridge

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
ridge.50@osu.edu
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Community Development
Minor: Studio Art, City & Regional Planning

Career Interests: In the future, I hope to work in a space that combines city planning and sustainability. These two things are integral to each other from transportation, to food systems, housing, and more.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR has to be the people! I’ve found my closest friends through this school, and I also love the opportunities afforded to students through SENR.

Internship: Recently, I interned through the Mid-Ohio Regional Commission with the City of Lancaster. There, I was able to work on a few sustainability initiatives for the city regarding solar energy and was also able to work on multiple city planning and zoning projects.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • President of Best Food Forward

 


Natalie RuthSLB1

SENR Ambassador
ruth.125@osu.edu
Hometown: Canal Winchester, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Community Development
Minor: Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Career Interests: I am graduating in December and looking for GIS jobs. I'm hoping to work in conservation or another environmental field.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of being an SENR student is the community within the school. I have built relationships with students, professors, and other faculty that have helped me tremendously throughout my time in college

Internship/Research Experiences: I had a GIS internship with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) this past summer. I was placed at the City of Hilliard where I got to work on mapping the city's parks. I also worked on a few sustainability projects with the economic development department. I enjoyed this internship because I got to use skills I've learned in school for a real-world project.

 


Nick Williams

SENR Ambassador
williams.7434@buckeyemail.osu.edu
Hometown: Granville, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and BusinessSLB1

Career Interests: I am interested in the energy sector, specifically renewables, and even more specifically, solar energy. I think the energy issues facing our world today, in terms of still relying on fossil fuels, are the most significant factors affecting climate change and global warming and if I can do my small part in helping to solve those issues, I think I can feel satisfied with my work.

Favorite part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part about OSU is the immense amount of opportunities afforded to its students. There is nothing you cannot do at Ohio State and the only limiting factor is your imagination. Students here are granted so many amazing resources that many other schools simply do not provide to their students. This ability to empower students extends to the school of SENR as well, with the feel of a tighter knit community. Although there are usually around 100,000 people on the Columbus campus on any given day, SENR is able to make that number feel much smaller and more personal by creating an encouraging sense of community. The marriage between the vastness of OSU with the strong sense of community within SENR makes for a very unique and incredible learning experience.

Campus Involvements: I am a member of the facility operations crew at Ohio Stadium, a brother in the fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, a player on the club ice hockey team, and a member of the public relations committee of TEDxOhioStateUniversity. All of these involvements have greatly supplemented my time at OSU and cannot recommend enough getting out there and seeing what kind of clubs/organizations you want be a part of.

 


Nicole Wygant

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
wygant.13@osu.edu
Hometown: Toledo, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: International Development
Minor: Sociology

Career Interests: In the short term after I graduate, I plan to nanny abroad in Spain to improve my Spanish language skills. Long-term I am very open to different options but I would like to work with a non-profit or government organization with a mission that aligns with my values. I hope to find a career that intersects my passions for uplifting marginalized communities, creating equal opportunities for all, and the natural environment. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is that it is a small school in a large university. I receive the benefits from OSU being a large university while obtaining more personal attention in SENR. The school has a great community, and I have a lot of great connections with my classmates and faculty. SENR is also unique and offers many majors and opportunities that aren't available at other universities!

Internship/Research Experience:I have not had an internship, but I participated in a third party study abroad program through AIFS in London where I took a class that focused on the sustainability of London. Through this experience, I learned about topics that I have discussed in my OSU classes from a very different perspective, giving me a more broad understanding of sustainability. 

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Net Impact VP of Service

  • Camp Kesem

  • Resident Advisor

  • STEP

 


Noah Fletcher

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
fletcher.427@osu.edu
Hometown: Cincinatti, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS), French (double major)
Specialization: Community and International Development

Career Interests: My future career plan is to have a position similar to a sustainability advisor where I can help facilitate the shift to sustainable practices that are becoming necessary to preserve the planet we live on.

Favorite part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR is that it offers such a wide, but still comprehensive, variety of areas to study and specialize in. This allows students to explore their interests and really find what they are uniquely passionate about. On top of that SENR also provides an abundance of resources to its students so once they find their passion they can then implement it into what they want to do in the future.

Campus Involvements:

  • Buckeye Spectrum Member
  • Student Manager for The Ohio State Rowing Team

 


Olivia Severyn

Peer MentorSLB1
severyn.14@osu.edu
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business 
Minor: Spanish 

Career Interests: I hope to have a career working to help businesses become more sustainable and I am really interested in the fields of corporate responsibility, renewable energy, and resource conservation.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR is the close-knit community! It is such a good feeling to be able to walk into a new classroom and always see a couple of friendly faces. When I decided to come to Ohio State I never expected to have such small classes where I could get to know both professors and my peers. While I initially was not intimidated by the size of Ohio State, I have come to realize that I am immensely grateful to be a part of the close-knit SENR community.

Internship/Research Experience: I have worked as a Zero Waste Intern at OSU and I got to work on composting and recycling projects on campus. I had a summer internship in Corporate Social Responsibility at Standard Textile, where I learned about many different environmental certifications. I am currently working as a Packaging and Waste Intern with ALDI. Throughout all these experiences, I have been able to learn so much about the different types of careers that exist related to sustainability and have been able to develop practical skills!

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Net Impact
  • Know Food Waste
  • Mountaineers
  • SUSTAINS Learning Community

 


Revanth Yalamanchi

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
yalamanchi.7@buckeyemail.osu.edu
Hometown: Higganum, Connecticut
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business
Minor: Public Policy

Career Interests: I hope to work in the Public sector working both on direct sustainability initiatives and policy work. 

Favorite part of SENR/OSU: The interdisciplinary aspect of it.

Internship/Research Experiences: I interned this past summer with Owens Corning. It helped work on creating a framework to map and reduces the company's impact on biodiversity throughout their supply chain. I got to work with many sustainability professionals to learn the many implications of the corporate sustainability space.

Campus Involvements:

  • Undergraduate Student Government
  • University Senate
  • Carbon Capture Club
  • Net Impact
  • SpongeBob Club

 


Tabitha Straub

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorSLB1
straub.100@osu.edu
Hometown: Sardis, Ohio (Monroe County)
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Business and Sustainability
Minor: Theater

Career Interests: I would like to work on a sustainability team for a company, or for a government organization aimed at improving and sustaining environmental health.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU:My advisor is my favorite aspect of the college, as well as many of the professors I have studied under.


Internship: I have interned for a county Soil and Water Conservation District, as well as the Ohio EPA. These positions promoted my interest in the environment when associated with public health and well-being (i.e. water quality, access to clean green spaces, etc.).

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Vice President of the Community for Appalachian Student Leaders (CASL)
  • Off the Lake Productions


Trinity Raber

SENR AmbassadorSLB1
raber.61@buckeyemail.osu.edu
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Community Development
Minor: Professional Writing

Career Interests:I hope to work with various businesses in the private sector to help them focus more on sustainability and making environmentally friendly choices. I am also interested in helping communities implement more sustainable practices in their everyday lives. I would love to eventually do nonprofit work and focus on making substantial sustainable change in an entire region.

Favorite part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR is the sense of community within the school. Everyone is incredibly welcoming and truly cares about your time on campus and your success in your chosen field. It's also nice to be in a smaller school because you get a lot closer with your classmates and professors and feel more connected with them.

Campus Involvements:

  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • STEP member
  • Student worker at the Office of Innovation and Economic Development
  • Net Impact