Read short profiles about our incredible undergraduate students in our department.
Environmental Science senior propels career forward with summer internship
One of her favorite parts of the internship was learning how to use ArcGIS Pro, a software product that offers satellite imagery, which Soto and many others use to map changes at mining sites over time. Soto said her time at SRK changed her perspective on her future goals.
“The internship gave me a better idea of what I want to do in the future,” Soto said. “It definitely left me wanting to explore the area more, so I think I will work for a year or two before coming back for graduate school.”
Online Environmental Science graduates first two students
For some students, like Armando Jimenez and Dominic Pisciotta, attending university courses in person is not possible. Despite the challenges posed by living out of state or raising a family, these two students were able to earn their degree online.
Student Spotlight - Graduation: Becoming Interdisciplinary, Mariah Victoria Cathey (BS`21)
Exploring the interdisciplinary facets of environmental science, Mariah Victoria Cathey (BS`21) wants to put her experience as an ENVS student to work in the clean beauty industry.
Student Spotlight: STEM is Her Jam, Nyah Maria Torres (BS '22)
Inspired by her experience in the STEM fields, Nyah Maria Torres (BS Environmental Science '22) wants to solve complex environmental issues.
Student Spotlight: Centering Community in Research, Jaden Iñiguez (BS ‘21)
Researching if native desert plant species growing in storm water drainage basins are dangerous for human consumption, Jaden Iñiguez (BS Environmental Science ‘21) is on her way to creating solutions to protect both our earth and our communities.
Student Spotlight: Stationed Abroad and Eager for Environmental Change, Monicka Raybon (BS ‘22)
Inspired by her international travels in the military and exposure to environmental issues, Monicka LaShawn Raybon (BS Environmental Science’ 22) is pursuing her online environmental degree while stationed abroad in England.
Student Spotlight: Studying Carbon Sequestration on the Navajo Nation, Samantha Yazzie (BS ’20)
As a first-generation college student and Diné (Navajo), Samantha Yazzie (BS Environmental Science '20) decided on an environmental science degree because she didn’t want her young family members growing up in a polluted world. Her independent study project investigates the potential of carbon sequestration, the capturing and storing of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to mitigate climate change, on the Navajo Nation.
Student Spotlight: Expanding Horizons in the Lab, Anna Jones (BS '23)
Anna Jones (BS Environmental Science '23) first learned about research by helping graduate students work on their theses. Now, she works in a lab that uses analytical and geochemical techniques to better understand issues like climate change, aiming to inspire the next generation of scientists.
Student Spotlight: Balancing Act of Work, Family and Education, Melanie Swanson (BS '21)
Currently working in finance and getting her online degree in environmental science, Melanie Swanson (BS Environmental Science '21) wants to pivot her career—motivated to make an impact on the conservation of wildlife and the environment.
Student Spotlight: Picturing the Future for Environmental Education, Jordan Camp (BS '20)
No matter your dream job, it takes dedication and perseverance. Jordan Camp (BS Environmental Science ‘20) knows this with his camera in one hand and a soon-to-be diploma in the other. With a love of environmental education and photography, Camp sees his environmental science major as a stepping stone to his aspiring career at the National Park Service.
Student Spotlight: New Opportunities at One of the Oldest Biological Research Stations, Ella Kaufmann (BS '22)
Research opens doors for growth and innovation, even at field stations over 100 years old. Ella Kaufman (BS Environmental Science '22) can attest to this with her internship on rangeland management at the Santa Rita Experimental Range just south of Tucson.