Environmental Policy and Decision Making Majors

Aurora Ellis

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Austin Kramer
ellis.879@osu.edu
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specialization: Policy and Governance
Minor: Spanish and Communication

Future Career Plans: I plan to attend law school after graduation and work as an environmental lawyer, ideally for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is that everyone, both students and faculty, are so passionate about what they study or teach. It is one of the smaller colleges, so I really feel like I get that individual attention when I need it, and all of my classes have been filled with peers that love to learn and are supportive of one another.

Research Experience:  I will be participating in research under Dr. Robyn Wilson next year, but I have not started yet. I work in the communication department of Ohio State's Sustainability Institute, where I conduct analytics, run social media, and break down research into concise, appealing news stories. My favorite part is being able to see the way that sustainability is applied all across campus and watching different departments and organizations interact and cooperate. I am also interning at a law firm this summer, which has given me practical experiences and a taste of what my future career could look like.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Undergraduate Student Government
  • Buckeyethon
  • Communications Assistant at Ohio State's Sustainability Institute

Cade Jakob Cushman

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Austin Kramer
cushman.38@osu.edu
Hometown: Salem, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specialization: Policy and Governance
Minor: Political Science

Future Career Plans: I plan to pursue environmental law after graduation, and my dream is to one day run for public office.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is that it has just five majors which are innovative and tailored to every type of student. SENR's website is very modern and user-friendly, and students can easily study and compare the detail and requirements of each major to see which one is the right fit for them.

Internship Experience:  I was fortunate enough to secure a summer internship with Congressman Tim Ryan from Ohio’s 13th Congressional District for SU20. I’m excited for it to begin, as I have always been fond of Congressman Ryan, and I will keep y’all posted with updates as it progresses!

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity
  • Citizen's Climate Lobby
  • Buckeyes for Warren
  • College Democrats

Erin Baer

SENR Ambassador PresidentPortrait of Austin Kramer
baer.169@osu.edu 
Hometown: Summerfield, North Carolina
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specialization: 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

Evan LindseyEvan

SENR Ambassador 
lindsey.336@osu.edu
Hometown: Powell, OH
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specialization: Policy and Governance

Future Career Plans: I aspire to become a federal agent in order to serve and protect the United States and our environment, before retiring and traveling the world with my family.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: Without a doubt, it's the community. Unlike other schools at OSU, SENR has a sense of family that is unparalleled. SENR pulls students from all backgrounds, but it is unique in the sense that nearly everyone shares a love for natural resources and the planet. This sense of family is further accentuated by the ENR Scholars program, which—while not entirely composed of SENR majors—brings students together by being sorted into "families," and having upperclassmen peer mentors.

Stone Lab Experience: My freshman year, I was afforded the opportunity to travel Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie, and had an absolutely wonderful experience. Paired with experts pulled from across the country, we caught and tagged water snakes, trawled for fish on a research vessel, went birding, studied toxic algal formations in a lab, and even had a memorable closing campfire. Stone Lab made me feel at home in the School of SENR, and I highly recommend checking out this opportunity.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Student delegate in the Student Council with the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • President of Smith-Steeb & Baker East Hall Councils
  • Board Member & Treasurer of the Towers Agricultural Honorary
  • Senator & Committeeman on the Residence Halls Advisory Council
  • Environmental Protection Student Affiliation

Georgia McLachlanEvan

Peer Mentor 
mclachlan.10@osu.edu
Hometown: Salem, OH
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specialization: Environmental and Social Justice
Minor: Anthropology

Future Career Plans: I want to go to law school to study environmental law.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of being a student in SENR is the fact that it is a small community within a huge school. I love that OSU is so big and that there are so many opportunities and people, but there is something comforting about the fact that my major and school are so small in comparison. I like the ability to recognize so many people on West Campus and in my classes - even students that were only in my survey class my first semester. I am also appreciative of the other benefits this smaller community offers - resources for careers, internships, and other opportunities seem much more accessible in this smaller setting.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Office Assistant of my Residence Hall
  • Volunteer with BuckI-SERV

Isaac MeisnerEvan

SENR Ambassador 
meisner.31@osu.edu
Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specialization: Environmental and Social Justice
Minor: Disability Studies

Future Career Plans: I would like to work with a non-profit organization or a local agency that specializes in creating, implementing, or reviewing policies meant to benefit marginalized communities.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The opportunities presented to students that allow us to form friendships with so many people.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Trans*Mission
  • OSU Athletic Band
  • The Bioethics Society
  • Buckeye Pokemon League
  • Buckeyes for Accessibility

Julia O’Donnell

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Austin Kramer
odonnell.368@osu.edu
Hometown: Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specialization: Policy and Governance

Future Career Plans: I plan on attending law school and entering the field of environmental law.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love SENR because of the shared passion that everyone feels for the environment. I feel as though I am a part of something bigger than myself in SENR and I know that all of us as students will go on to do amazing things.

Internship Experience:  Current virtual summer intern (summer 2021) with Seaside Sustainability. I work with other interns on a variety of projects on the Legislation and Green Scholars teams. On Legislation, I have worked on informational videos on COVID PPE pollution, and worked on drafting an updated clean marina guide for Massachusetts. On Green Scholars I help to develop a curriculum for local middle and high school students on environmentally friendly habits and professional skills. I have learned so much about working on a team in the environmental field, researching, and professional writing.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Delta Delta Delta sorority

 


Katey Broy

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Austin Kramer
cushman.38@osu.edu
Hometown: Athens, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specialization: Environmental and Social Justice
Minor: Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

Future Career Plans: One of my aspirations is to go to law school and become an Environmental and Climate Justice lawyer. Another goal is to go to graduate school for a masters in Environmental Management and work in the nonprofit sector to incorporate sustainable and social justice policies.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the core courses that every student in the school is required to take because I have seen many familiar faces over and over, and it provides a sense of community.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Co-president for the Protection and Awareness of Endangered Species (PAES) club
  • Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP)
  • Global Climate Change cohort

Olivia French

SENR Ambassador and Peer Mentorolivia
french.744@osu.edu
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specialization: Communication and Behavior Change

Future Career Plans: I plan to work in environmental education or communication to help create meaningful experiences for people in nature so that they are more motivated to engage in pro-environmental behaviors!

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love the community of people within SENR that love nature and are working towards creating a more sustainable future!

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Time for Change Planning Committee
  • Disability Services Note Taker
  • STEP Cohort Member

Tatiana Slesnick

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Austin Kramer
slesnick.8@osu.edu
Hometown: Westerville, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specialization: Communication and Behavior Change

Future Career Plans: Undecided, definitely a job within the Environmental Policy field.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: I love that the classes are all interesting and there are a lot of cool education abroad programs that count towards course credit.

Education Abroad: In the  Summer of 2019 I participated in an Education Abroad in Japan. My favorite part of this trip was trying all the food and hiking Mt. Fuji. I believe that visiting a country that has a completely different culture from ours is important in broadening your knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of the world and other people.  

Internship: I am also a research intern for a company called Water Savvy Solutions. This internship has helped me so much in developing my writing and research skills, and it gives me a feel for how to do professional work! 

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Powerlifting Team