New year’s wishes from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies’ Dean Peter Crane, “We are all looking forward to welcoming students, staff and faculty back for another busy semester this coming Monday. We return from the holidays in sadness from the tragic loss of our wonderful alumnus and friend David Gaillard, but also with great hope for all that our alumni and the broader F&ES community will accomplish in 2012.
Happy New Year!

I’d like to take a pause in my “fun” series on New Haven (stay tuned for one on “Arts & Culture” and “The Great Outdoors” coming in December) to address what I consider the most frequently asked question by prospective students that I meet with: What really is the difference between the Master of Environmental Science (MESC) and Master of Environmental Management (MEM) (or similarly, the Master of Forest Science [MFS] versus the Master of Forestry [MF])? This is an especially important question as you are undoubtedly carefully considering your application that is due in just 2 short weeks (December 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM EST… don’t be late!) and this is one thing you will have to hammer out before then. It isn’t a decision to take lightly—it may…

The F&ES Admissions Committee consists of 2 staff members and 10 faculty members, and we all actively review application files.  Our goal is to select students from a wide variety of backgrounds – academically, geographically and professionally.  We do not want our students to look alike, think alike, dream alike or sound alike.  We want a class that, when taken together, has a sum greater than all of its individual parts. So what does this mean for you?

First and foremost, we conduct holistic application reviews looking at your 1) academic preparation, 2) your commitment to the “environment” (whatever your specific area of interest), and 3) your experience/leadership/maturity.

The “academic” portion of the admissions file consists of:

  • transcripts – types of courses taken, trends over time

After two long months of recruitment travel where I met with prospective students, alumni and advisors across the country (from Boston to Honolulu and too many cities to mention in between), I have finally arrived back in New Haven. I’ve got to say, it was a joyous reunion with the “Elm City.” As I’ve mentioned previously, the travel season is really one of my favorite parts of the job, since I get to meet so many of you (and get to see the country too, while I’m at it!) but life on the road gets a bit old after a while. Lugging bags everywhere, airport delays, or stressing about missing FedEx boxes quickly loses its glamour… But, I’m most excited for my time back in New Haven simply because I…

We have received lots of phone calls and emails about our new requirement that international transcripts be evaluated.  I realize that many of you may be confused by this is extra step in the application process, and may wonder why we have created this requirement when none of our peer institutions are doing so.  First, let me state that our policies are not based upon what other Yale programs or peer universities require.  The decision to ask for evaluations was not made lightly, and stemmed from a few different issues.  Most importantly, evaluation is the only way we feel that we can fairly consider transcripts from all different educational systems.  And, unfortunately, there have been suspected instances of transcript fraud.  So, in a sense, we have a situation where one…

From Midterms to Thanksgiving

Time passes at lightening speed when you are going through midterms. During a stretch of two weeks, you feel as though your life revolves around these exams that were never designed to give you a hard time, but simply to identify your level of progress. The second-years all tell us first-years that we are taking school too seriously. “Grades do not matter here,” they tell us with an air of maturity, and we agree with the nodding of our heads. However, as soon as they have their backs turned to us, we embark on sleepless nights of essay writing, information cramming, and other such scholarly activities. The midterms were rocky, and perhaps we took it all too seriously

This time of year, Admissions Officers spend the bulk of September, October and November focusing their efforts on traveling around the country (or for some lucky few, the world!) to meet prospective students and make information about their respective programs more accessible. After all, we realize that it isn’t always easy to pick up and head across country to visit our campus while working, in school, or otherwise engaged. This week, I spent Monday evening hosting an Information Session in Portland, Oregon, traveled to Seattle on Tuesday morning to partake in the Seattle Idealist Graduate School fair, and am now on a plane heading to Denver to host an Information Session and participate in the Denver Idealist Fair…. a busy week for me!

I’ve got to say—this time of…

Prospective students sometimes wonder what goes on during a typical week at F&ES.  Here’s a peek into our events from the last few days:

Sept 29 – German Forest Policy between Brussels, Berlin and the Black Forest: Understanding coalition struggles in a multi-level policy arena, Georg Winkel, Ph.D. IFP University of Freiburg, Germany

Sept 29 – Yale Environmental Law Association introductory meeting

Sept 30 – Toward Sustainable Development, Dr. Rajendra Pachuri, IPCC & Yale F&ES

Sept 30 – A Path Forward on Climate & Energy, Dr. Daniel Schrag, Professor & Director of the Harvard University Center for the Environment

Oct 3 – Yale F&ES Student Advisory Committee Town Hall with Dean Peter Crane

Oct 3 – Conversation with Andrew Winston MEM’03, founder of…

This general video describes the history of Yale, outlines the academic offerings and campus life, and highlights some of the Yale graduates and faculty who have made significant contributions to their fields or society.  Yale F&ES is mentioned only briefly, but this video offers some great footage of the campus.  Our headquarters, Kroon Hall, is shown in one of the early aerial shots in the video.  Can you find it?

For students enrolled in the Master of Environmental Management program at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), choosing courses is like being a kid in a candy store. The choices are abundant, even wondrous, and F&ES students are curious and interested in a lot of things. But while the plethora of choices is considered a virtue—the M.E.M. offers over 100 electives—their lack of organization has been a frequent source of confusion—until now.

Read more about the M.E.M changes