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…
This past Friday, F&ES students entertained their fellow classmates and showcased their talents! Above, a group of second-year students model their high-fashion-and-function field clothes on the F&ES catwalk.
As the admissions recruiter, I get asked the same types of questions all the time. And after almost two months on the road and countless emails later, it’s time for a FAQ blog post. In no particular order:
- Should I reach out to faculty?
YES! Regardless of what degree program you’re applying for, I think it’s always a great idea to talk to faculty. For one, faculty members are accessible and responsive (mostly!). Two, it’s a good way to introduce yourself to your potential adviser and get a feel for that relationship. And three, faculty sometimes take a leave of absence or go on sabbatical; so if you have your heart set on working with a particular faculty member, this would be the way to find out…
It’s officially fall at F&ES! I am surrounded by beautiful changing leaves, pumpkin-spiced everything, and…the pre-Thanksgiving craziness!
It seems like yesterday was shopping period and I was frantically trying to choose my classes. Today I am hurriedly working on final projects and problem sets. The time has flown by. The past couple months have been filled with returning to “school” mode, working on group projects, and making some wonderful new friends.
This is also a time for reflection, as I am already a fourth of the way through my graduate degree. I polled some of my friends about advice they might have for new students and how to best tackle the fall semester at FES.
“Don’t kill yourself trying to do it all.” – Britain Richardson, MEM…
FES is a very culturally diverse community. We have 97 international students representing 39 countries. If we list all the holidays of the countries that people are from, almost everyday is a public holiday.
If you are an FESer, you should not miss every week’s social event, TGIF (Thank God I’m a Forester). Yes, instead of celebrating Friday, we celebrate being Tree Huggers! And especially don’t miss the international TGIF, an annual event to present and celebrate multiculturalism in our community!
On Oct. 16th, international TGIF kicked off at 5:30pm. We had 34 countries represented. 44 national flags were hung around Bowers Auditorium. 853 photos were collected from our international student community and presented in a 27-minute long slide show. 184 songs from all over the world were…
F&ES is a great place to be if you’re interested in energy. In just two months there have been countless opportunities to get involved in the energy sphere, including career events, classes, and speakers on campus.
A few weeks ago I officially signed my return contract to NRG, so I’m not one to frequent many career events. However, I did go to the FES/SOM Energy Networking Night hosted at the School of Management a few weeks ago. There were seven employers present: Eversource, CT Green Bank, Coalition for Green Capital, KEEA, EDF Climate Corps, PA Consulting, and CT DEEP. It was fun to get dressed up and schmooze with representatives from these organizations. And of course, I enjoyed eating bounties of cheese and drinking wine with my fellow energy-minded…
The Master of Forestry (MF) degree trains students for professional careers in forest resource policy and management, and prepares them to work in the private, government, and non-profit sectors. Students spend the summer in between their first and second years at F&ES completing internships in the field, gaining experience and learning to be leaders in forest management. Below are a few of their stories from summer 2015.
Yoni Glogower: Great Mountain, CT
Yoni spent this summer creating a field book characterizing the natural and human history of the Great Mountain Forest in Northwestern Connecticut. Using historical maps and land inventories, Yoni interpreted interesting sites, comparing forest compositions, land use histories, and unique natural communities, like lichen-covered balds, bogs, and wildflower-covered talus slopes. Yoni is completing a…
At F&ES, when professors say they are teaching a certain topic or skill “that will be useful to you in the real world,” it’s a reminder that we are here not just to learn technical information, but to develop the capabilities we need to work in dynamic settings.
Since the beginning of MODS and well into the school year, I have worked in many groups and this is not a coincidence. By design, our classes and extracurricular activities require us to work together to solve problems, be it small or large. The expectation is that by training us in this setting, we will be ready to dive right into any professional team environment after graduation.
Recently, I have realized this training has taught me more than just working…
As a first-year MESc (’17) student and member of the EQUID (Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity) Committee here at Yale F&ES, I can tell you that we’ve had a busy few weeks here on campus. A sample of some recent F&ES diversity-related activities you might have missed:
Reverend Lennox Yearwood and the Hip-Hop Caucus
On Tuesday, September 29, Reverend Lennox Yearwood Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Hip Hop Caucus, spoke in Burke Auditorium as part of the F&ES speaker series Diverse Voices: Environmental Leaders on Climate Change. In a rousing sermon that inspired a standing ovation, Reverend Yearwood drew connections for the audience among energy generation from fossil fuels, racist responses to natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, asthma and air pollution in communities of color…
Hello prospective students!
My name is Rachel Ett, and I’m an MEM5 student at Yale F&ES. I went to Yale College as an undergraduate, took one “gap year” to work, and now I’m back for my “fifth year” as an MEM student. I will graduate in May with the class of 2016.
More about me: I’m from South Carolina and a true southerner at heart! I majored in Environmental Studies at Yale College, and during my gap year before F&ES I worked at a start-up event planning company in Brooklyn and at NRG Energy, a Fortune 200 energy company, in Houston. Taking a year off before coming back to graduate school was extremely valuable to me. I was able to narrow my academic focus