Earth Institute has Increased the Number of Events for Undergraduate Students

Earth Institute has Increased the Number of Events for Undergraduate Students

posted: October 01, 2007

The Earth Institute will be sponsoring several events for undergraduate students this semester, including two brownbag discussion sessions and an environmental career panel, as well as the annual Environmental and Sustainable Development Programs Open House. With the launch of the new undergraduate special concentration in Sustainable Development, the EI has increased programming that allows undergrads to learn more about the academic and research programs available at the Earth Institute, while also accessing resources for professional and academic development.

In two weeks, Jessica Fanzo, Ph.D. will be hosting a brown bag discussion to share her experiences and to explain her role as the Nutrition Coordinator for the Millennium Villages Project. Dr. Fanzo will discuss the major food and nutrition initiatives designed to address malnutrition at the Millennium Villages sites. This event will be held on October 9th from 12:00-1:00 pm in room 1134 of the International Affairs building.

In working to create a broader understanding of the career opportunities available to students who graduate with environmental and sustainable development degrees, an Alumni Environmental Career Panel will be held on October 15th, from 7:00-8:30 pm in room 802 of the International Affairs Building. The panel will feature Andy Dvoracek (MPA-ESP, ’05) of EcoSecurities, Samantha Unger (Barnard, ’01) of Evolution Markets, Inc., and Dave Westman (MPA-ESP, ’06) of Con Edison.

To the same end, students interested in the new special concentration are invited to a brown bag discussion with doctoral students in the program for Sustainable Development. The student presenters, all third or fourth year doctoral students, will discuss careers in sustainable development, as well as the academic and research opportunities at Columbia University and elsewhere. This event is tentatively scheduled for November 13th, from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Finally, the Earth Institute Environmental and Sustainable Development Programs Open House will be held on October 23rd in Low Library, and will showcase each of the environmental and sustainable development programs offered at Columbia University. Students will have the opportunity to meet with program administrators and learn more about the academic offerings at CU, along with gaining information on the research initiatives and events happening at the Earth Institute this year.

If you would like more information or would like to RSVP for any of these events, please contact Amanda McIntosh at or 212-854-8177.