My name is Uma Bhandaram and I’m excited to be joining the Admissions Department as the new Recruiter for the 2015 – 2016 season. Mainly because this means I don’t have to leave F&ES or New Haven yet! I’ve had such a great time here.
First, a little bit about me: I’m from Southern California. I completed my undergraduate degree at University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. Afterwards, I worked as an environmental consultant in Southern California for a year and a half, interned for a reforestation agency in Haiti for a few months, and traveled around Central and South America for a couple of months before heading to Yale. I’ve grown up and lived in various areas surrounded by the beach, mountains, and desert and, most distinctly…
Kevin McLean, who is working toward his Ph.D. at F&ES, was featured recently on National Geographic’s “Adventure 5” website, a weekly series in which they ask their adventure friends to share some of their favorite terms for their favorite activities.
McLean wrote about the experience on his blog.
“A few weeks ago I went down to the National Geographic headquarters in DC and had a chance to participate in their Adventure 5 series. They asked a bunch of their Explorers from different fields to explain some of the lingo they use. Their studio was really amazing, I wish I would have taken a picture. They had teleprompter to the side of the camera that made the interviewer’s eyes float right in front of the lens. This ‘mirror mirror…
I packed up my car in July 2015, and drove from Los Angeles to New Haven, just in time for MODs. Here’s a list of things I (a native Californian and self-proclaimed winter-weakling) am very happy I brought with me, or wished I had, along with a few inputs from some friends here at school.
Things for school:
- Functional computer, complete with a functional charger
- Backup device for said functional computer
- Notebooks, pens/pencils (for when your functional computer inevitably crashes)
- Backpack/book bag
- Winter coat
- Winter boots
- Winter hat
- Winter scarf
- Winter gloves
- Winter socks
- Winter pants
- Winter sweaters
- If it’s warm and cozy, you’re going to want it.
With only three days of classes remaining this spring, F&ES masters students are preparing to embark on summer internship and research experiences that will take them all over the country, and all over the world. Incoming students often wonder what sort of agencies, organizations, and firms F&ES students intern with and how they go about securing their internship. I hope that sharing my own experience will help to shed some light on this process.
Next month, I will be heading to Apia, Samoa to spend ten weeks interning with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP). SPREP is an intergovernmental organization charged with the protection and sustainable development of the region’s environment. I will be
Last week, the Office of Admissions hosted over 100 admitted students (admits) at F&ES for our annual Admitted Students Open House. Many admits were accommodated by current students, and all were invited to a number of events, including panel discussions with current students and faculty, chats with students of certain disciplines, meetings with professors, and talks presented by F&ES’s support staff on financial aid, preparing to move to New Haven, and understanding more about the program generally. I, personally, had the pleasure of meeting many admits I’ve been corresponding with for the past couple of months and having a conversation face-to-face.
Most of the day’s events were broadcast live from Burke Auditorium in Kroon Hall, so that students unable to attend the orientation were able to watch from…
The admissions office has been receiving lots of questions from admitted students about specializations within the Masters of Environmental Management Program: Am I required to specialize? What are the benefits? Are there any drawbacks to declaring a specialization? I thought I would take a moment to weigh in.
First and foremost, students are NOT required to specialize. However, MEM students have the option to enroll in any of eight specializations, such as Business and the Environment, Ecosystem Conservation and Management, and Environmental Policy Analysis. For a full list of available specializations, visit our page on the MEM curriculum.
Most specializations require between 18 and 24 credits and share a similar overall structure, consisting of core courses, electives, and a capstone course or project. There is some flexibility…
This spring break, I traveled to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands for the course FES 729b: Caribbean Coastal Development: Cesium and CZM taught by faculty members Gaboury Benoit and Mary Beth Decker.
This coming application cycle, The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies has decided to make a small but significant change to the application. This year, applicants to F&ES who do not identify as either male or female (or who might identify as both) will have the opportunity to apply as their preferred gender identity.
Danielle Curtis Dailey, F&ES’s Director of Enrollment Management, comments on the change: “We believe that it is essential that F&ES builds a diverse student body, in order to train leaders who will tackle the world’s toughest environmental problems. When we think about diversity, it is in the greatest sense of the word – race, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, region of origin, interests, and so much more. We constantly strive to make sure that we…
Lately I’ve been getting a bunch of questions about where to live in New Haven, and I thought it might be easy to explain how and where students live in a blog post, so that you can all benefit!
Most students will start looking for an apartment once they’ve committed to the program, starting in March or April. Once everyone has been accepted to the program and decided to come, there will be a facebook group where other newly-accepted first-years will be posting looking for roommates and apartments. That’s where I found my roommate! I, and from what I can tell most other FES students, had signed a lease before we moved (usually in April or May), although some moved here first to look for an apartment. I would…
Guest lectures are an almost daily occurrence at Yale F&ES. This semester, the F&ES course Conservation in Practice: International Perspective, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, and the student interest group, ConBio, are hosting a six-part series called “Talks on the Wild Side”. The series will bring a number of professionals in the field of wildlife and ecosystem conservation to campus on Thursdays throughout the semester.
Last week, Dr. Justina Ray kicked off the series with her talk entitled, Challenges of Species-Level Conservation Policy and Practice. Dr. Ray is the Executive Director and Senior Scientist of Wildlife Conservation Society Canada. As a wildlife biologist, she has studied the community ecology of forest carnivores in Central Africa and is now involved in research and policy related to conservation planning in…