Environmental Policy and Decision Making Majors

Anna Haught

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Haught
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)/Psychology
Specalization: Communication and Behavior Change
Minor: Animal Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Future Career Plans: My future career plan is to become a social psychology researcher with a focus on the environment and sustainability. I am interested in why individuals make their decisions regarding the environment and the potential of influencing individuals to adopt positive behavior.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: Spring at Chadwick Arboretum

Research:Undergraduate Research Assistant: I evaluated empirical articles while using qualitative data coding to find correlations within
behaviors and decisions regarding the environment.I had a wonderful time working under Dr. Hamilton. I was given the amazing opportunity to experience what a social psychology researcher focused on the environment truly does.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Works at Off-Campus and Commuter Student Services
  • Intern at North Arlington animal clinic

Anna Martin

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Anna Martin
Hometown: Kent, Ohio 
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specalization: Environment and Social Justice
Minor: Public Policy

Future Career Plans: In the future I hope to work in the field of Environmental and Public Policy-Making combatting issues of Environmental and Social Justice.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The opportunities that SENR have given me have completely changed my college experience. I have been able to do so many things that I never dreamed of and the opportunities here are really what have made that possible.

Education Abroad: In May of 2019 I had the opportunity to study abroad in Queensland, Australia for a month. It was such a great experience learning about sustainability initiatives on an international level and getting to see some of coolest, most diverse ecosystems on earth. We went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and hiking to the largest single drop waterfall in the Southern Hemisphere, Wallaman Falls, and those couple days alone were some of the best days of my life so far. 

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Undergraduate Student Government
  • Time for Change Planning Committee
  • Hunt Seat Equestrian Club Team

Austin Kramer

SENR AmbassadorPortrait of Austin Kramer
Hometown: Seven Mile, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)/Political Science
Specalization: Policy & Governance
Minor: Political Science

Future Career Plans: I would love to work at the EPA or within the Department of the Interior to help write public policy to help preserve our shared natural heritage!

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The passion and familiar faces - professors and other SENR staff are all the friendliest and most helpful professors I've interacted with at Ohio State, not to mention they all seem to have genuine interest in what they teach. Being a smaller school, it is very likely that every class has a few people you know in it, and there are plenty of opportunities to get to know them and professors better.

International Experiecne: I went to Guatemala during 2020 spring break to help build sustainable housing for a family! The area suffered from extreme poverty, and even essential commodities, such as clean water, were scarce. Despite living under very difficult conditions, the people that we interacted with were exceptionally positive and had strong ties to their families and community. The American mindset tends to measure prosperity on wealth, but the people of Guatemala were prosperous by their own means.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • SENR Student Leadership Council & Peer Mentor
  •  Sustainability Council Representative for the Evolution, Ecology, & Organismal Biology Club
  •  Outreach Volunteer for the Museum of Biological Diversity
  • Trail Ambassador for MetroParks of Butler County
  • Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity – MidOhio
  • Sierra Club Student Coalition
  • Democratic Socialists of America
  • 2020 Census Taker for the United States Census Bureau

Cade Jakob Cushman

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Austin Kramer
Hometown: Salem, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specalization: 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

Chloe Donovan

Peer MentorPortrait of Austin Kramer
Hometown: Kent, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specalization: Environmental and Social Justice
Minor: Legal Foundations of Society

Future Career Plans: I plan to go to law school after undergrad, and practice environmental law (specifically related to social justice).

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the overwhelming sense of community that I have experienced during my time here. Even before my first day of freshman year, I went on a great campus visit before officially being a buckeye, which really set the tone for my experience here. I love how accessible the professors and advisors of SENR are, and how willing they are to help me to reach my goals. There are also so many resources to access, that you could not get anywhere else.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • SUSTAINS Learning Community
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Student worker in the Physics Research Building

Clare Driscoll

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Austin Kramer
Hometown: Upper Arlington, OH
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)

Future Career Plans: I hope to be an enviornmental lawyer.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite part of SENR is the community. It's awesome being in a college setting where everyone is passionate about the environment, but because of all of our unique backgrounds and skills we all bring something different to the table and I love being able to learn from everyone's unique perspectives and being inspired by what everyone in our school is able to do.

Education Abroad Experience: I went on a study abroad to Trinidad and Tobago. I loved learning about the relationship between our environment and agriculture.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Advocates for Women of the World, Environmental and Economic Equity Committee
  • Society for Ecological Restoration

Erin Baer

SENR Ambassador PresidentPortrait of Austin Kramer
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

Evan LindseyEvan

SENR Ambassador 
Hometown: Powell, OH
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specalization: Communication and Behavior Change

Future Career Plans: Change the world after traveling the world and camping on every continent.

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. Like the other schools, 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. You will not find as many passionate, advocating anywhere else. This sense of family is further accentuated by the ENR Scholars program, which, while not entirely composed of SENR majors, combines this love for nature with literal families and mentors. Stone Lab was also an amazing experience, and I even met my girlfriend through the trip.

Stone Lab Experience: This year I went to OSU's Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie, and had an amazing experience. We caught and tagged water snakes, trawled for fish on a research vessel, went birding with experts, and even had the most memorable campfire ever! Stone Lab made me feel at home in the School of SENR, and I want to be more involved as a result.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Student delegate in the Student Council with the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Public Relations Committee
  • Vice President of the Morrill Tower Hall Council
  • Residence Halls Advisory Council Finance Committee
  • Students for Recycling
  • Environmental Protection Student Affiliation

Georgia McLachlanEvan

Peer Mentor 
Hometown: Salem, OH
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specalization: Envvironmental 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 
Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specalization: Environmental and Social Justice

Future Career Plans: In the future I would like to work with a non-profit organization or a local agency that specializes in creating and implementing policies for marginalized groups.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The ability to create friendships with so many people!

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Trans*Mission
  • OSU Athletic Band
  • Morrill Scholar
  • Buckeye Pokemon League

Justin SmithEvan

SENR Ambassador 
Hometown: Marriottsville, MD
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specalization: Environmental and Social Justice
Minor: Environmental Science

Future Career Plans: I am currently undecided on future career plans, but I hope to work in the government or for an organization to advance environmental and social justice issues.

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the small size and the cooperative nature of students; rather than competing with each other, we all work together to try and solve the most pressing issues of the day, and we have access to there resources to make a real difference.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Morrill Scholars Learning Community
  • Secretary for the Blackburn Haverfield Activities Council
  • MUNDO OnCampus Ambassador
  • Environmental Protection Student Association
  • Parks and Recreation Society
  • Buckeyes Assemble
  • Disney Club
  • OSU Pride

Kaylin Anderson

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Austin Kramer
Hometown: Aurora, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)/ History
Specalization: Environmental and Social Justice
Minor: History

Future Career Plans: I plan on attending law school to pursue environmental/social justice-oriented law. Ideally, I would do this while also earning my master's in environmental social sciences. 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: The tight-knit and welcoming community of SENR is unlike anything else I have experienced on campus. I came to Ohio State as an engineering major, but soon decided that that path was not for me. My transition into SENR was incredibly smooth and remains the best decision I have made here thus far. I love all of my classes because the professors are passionate and genuinely care about their students. It is also a great feeling to know that my fellow SENR classmates, as well as SENR staff and faculty, are always there to help and support me.

Education Abroad: During May of 2019, I participated in SENR's education abroad program titled "New Zealand: Sustainable Tourism and Human Impacts on the Environment". On this trip, we engaged in many outdoor excursions such as hiking, kayaking, whale-watching, visiting national parks, among others. While doing this, we studied the complex relationship between humans and the environment and how New Zealand upholds sustainable tourism. This trip was great because it combined two of my favorite things: outdoor adventure and learning about the environmental social sciences. 

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Gamma Phi Beta sorority
  • Buck-I-SERV
  • Office Assistant in Residence Life
  • STEM Pre-Law Society

Maddy Drlik

Peer MentorPortrait of Austin Kramer
Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)/ History
Specalization: Policy and Governance

Future Career Plans: To become an Environmental Attorney

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect about SENR is the wonderful staff. I have gone to visit my advisor with a multitude of questions throughout the year and each time I have felt at ease and not embarrassed of my questions or inexperience once. In high school I was never one to go seek out help but the welcoming staff at SENR has made it possible for me to acquire all the knowledge and answers that I can.

Employment Experience: I worked at the State House my freshman year as a page. I gained valuable knowledge of the lawmaking process and made so many great connections to my fellow pages and the staff.







Olivia French

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Austin Kramer
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
Major: Environmental Policy and Decision Making (EPDM)
Specialization: Communication and Behavior Change

Future Career Plans: Environmental Risk Communication or Environmental Education 

Favorite Part of SENR/OSU: My favorite aspect of SENR is the strong community of people that all value the environment. Throughout my life, in various social situations with my family and friends, I have always felt like I have to convince them to care about our environment. There is nothing wrong with this, I love spreading the message of environmentalism, but it can be discouraging at times. Having a community like SENR where everyone shares very similar values about the environment is very valuable. Knowing that others are also fighting for a more sustainable future makes me feel very optimistic and encouraged to keep spreading the word. I love engaging in class discussions about current environmental events or problems, and hearing everyone’s proposed solutions. By serving as an ambassador or peer mentor, I want to continue building up this strong community in SENR and make sure that everyone feels heard and belonging by continuing to listen to other students’ beliefs, ideas, or questions.

Education Abroad: I plan on studying abroad in Iceland next summer through SENR! I am very excited to learn more about the unique environment there and how people interact with it. 

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Curl Market Student Assistant
  • Disability Services Note Taker
  • OSU Mansfield EcoLab Volunteer

Tatiana Slesnick

SENR Ambassador and Peer MentorPortrait of Austin Kramer
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