Meet the newest F&ES admissions counselor

Hello!

My name is Becca Melnick and I am excited to be joining the F&ES admissions team as an admissions counselor! I am coming to F&ES from the School of Management where I was working on events for the school and student clubs but I can’t wait to hit the road in the fall and meet with prospective students around the country to talk about F&ES, how to apply and what Yale has to offer.

I am originally from Massachusetts and ended up in New Haven after getting my undergraduate degree from James Madison University in Virginia. While I have not studied here at F&ES, I am currently in graduate school and am getting my M.Ed. in Higher Education in Student Affairs.

I was drawn to F&ES…

Sustainability at Yale

Sustainability is a theme at Yale that goes beyond F&ES. Yale’s Office of Sustainability releases detailed Sustainability Strategic Plans to reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions and waste and increase composting and recycling rates. The office publishes annual progress reports, which can be viewed online.

An important initiative this year was Yale’s first-ever Carbon Charge. The Yale Carbon Charge Project was a six-month pilot program involving 20 university buildings to help test the effectiveness of carbon pricing on Yale’s campus. Yale is the first institution of higher learning to implement such a program. Learn more about the Carbon Charge.

And of course, here at the Forestry School we pride ourselves on our sustainability focus. The Environmental Stewardship Committee (of which I am a member) is a…

The 2016 Environmental Film Festival at Yale

This April, Yale students came together to voluntarily run one of the largest film festivals across the country. The Environmental Film Festival at Yale, or more lovingly called EFFY by Yale students in the know, ran from April 1-9, screened over 20 short- and feature-length films.

The event is run mainly by students from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies who work throughout the year to provide relevant environmental stories from around the world to the greater New Haven area. Most films are followed by a panel discussion led by academic leaders from Yale, filmmakers, and stars of the films.

The 2016 was a great success, and students, staff, and faculty from across Yale, as well as New Haven community members came out to support…

For those unable to attend Admitted Student Open House!

For prospective students out there that can’t make it to the Admitted Student Open House next week, here is a list of questions to peruse that will give you a better sense of the School!

Q: How do I find a faculty advisor?
A: If you’re an MESc or MFS student, you already identified potential research advisors at the time of your application. If you’re an MEM or MF student, you will be assigned an advisor upon arrival on campus. You should be prompted to email your top faculty choices during the summer.

Q: Is it difficult to have a work-study job and be a full-time student?
A: Around 80% of F&ES students receive financial aid and therefore are eligible for work-study jobs and student assistantships on campus…

Many new and prospective F&ES students wonder if a joint degree program is right for them. A joint degree – whether with the School of Management, the School of Architecture, Divinity School, Law School, or one of the other nearly dozen joint degree programs F&ES offers – has the potential to advance your career and enhance your professional school experience. At the same time, a joint degree takes longer, costs more, and can present some practical challenges. As a joint degree student myself – and after talking with several of my joint degree classmates – I hope to provide some insight into the benefits and potential pitfalls of pursuing a joint degree at Yale.

Career Chat with Austin Lord ’14 MESc

On February 16 I sat in on a career coffee chat put on by CDO and the RRAD (Disasters) Student Interest Group​. The featured guest was Nepal-based Austin Lord ’14 M.E.Sc., a Fulbright Scholar, Research Consultant to UNDP on post-disaster response, and founder of volunteer humanitarian initiative Rasuwa Relief.

It was interesting to hear about Austin’s journey post-F&ES. After graduation he went to Nepal through the aid of the Yale Himalaya Initiative and the Cornell Summer Funding Program. At the time Austin had no idea that he would do anything related to disasters. As an F&ES student he hadn’t been involved with the disasters SIG. But he would quickly discover that for a social scientist, there is an incredible demand and need for working in the setting of disasters…

Career Development Office Happenings

It’s January and the beginning of a new semester at F&ES. New Haven is blanketed with snow…but that doesn’t mean summer isn’t on many students’ minds! This is the time of year when first year FESers are thinking ahead to summer internships and second years are searching for full-time jobs. Fortunately, the Career Development Office (CDO) is available as a valuable resource to help students work on their career goals.

CDO is taking this time to shine. There are many treks, workshops, funding resources, and offerings taking place. A mandatory meeting for first year students occurred this week to discuss summer funding for internships and research projects. The office also announced that registration opened for the 13th annual All-Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair taking place on March…

Yale Student Resources Outside FES

There are constantly events going on around FES: lecture series, talks, Student Interest Group meetings, and Forestry Club parties and TGIFs. But there are resources available to students outside of FES, and Foresters should take advantage of them!

To help with their academic work, students are invited to go to the Graduate Writing Center for individual writing consultations. The Center can help with research papers, personal statements, fellowship applications, presentations, journal articles, or anything else written!

Did you know that Yale has 13 libraries, and FES students can study at any of them? Check out library.yale.edu to see hours and descriptions of each. Sterling Memorial Library is my personal favorite–it was recently renovated and looks like a beautiful cathedral inside.

Arts buffs: I encourage you to see…

F&ES Volleyball Team wins Championship!

The victorious F&ES Hardwoods were named champions of the Graduate Co-Rec Intramural League for the fourth season in a row, reminding everyone on campus, that yes, FES is BEST.

PhD Life at F&ES

Most of our students at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies are Master’s candidates, but we also have many PhD students pursuing their doctorate degrees in a variety of disciplines. I interviewed a few PhD students about student life at F&ES, and they filled me in on their experiences as well as gave advice for prospective students.

“FES is a wonderful place to pursue a PhD with an environmental focus. It really is the best of both worlds – I’m a part of a hydrology- and biogeochemistry-focused lab group and a member of the broader FES community. This unique environment constantly reminds me of the importance of scientifically rigorous research that will help inform current environmental issues. I was lucky to earn my MESc degree from FES…