Also, check out what some of our ES alumni are up to after graduation!
Emma Ottinger '23
Major(s): English and Environmental Studies
On-campus involvement: tutor at the Ames Writing Center, Assistant Editor for Tributaries, and Secretary for the Sierra Student Coalition
“Something I’ve always loved about the ES program is that it attracts all kinds of people. “Environmental Studies” is such an expansive term—it hosts a broad range of aspirations, so that the friends I’ve made therein all seem to use their knowledge for different purposes. I find that near-universal applicability of ES to be really exciting, and it's given me a greater sense of connection to my education.”
Amanda Bonavida '22
Major(s): Environmental Studies (Ecology)
On-campus involvement: Sierra Student Coalition member, Circle K International member, Alpha Gamma Delta.
Off-Campus involvement: Santa Monica Mountains (California) Restoration volunteer.
“Being an out-of-state student, having a community who would welcome my alternate perspectives and allow me to broaden my knowledge was key. The supportive faculty and the encouraging students in the Environmental Studies Program have pushed me to strive towards achieving my goals, personal and academic.”
Refugio Moreno '21
Major(s): Environmental Studies (General) and Psychology
On-Campus Involvement: Vice President of the Sierra Student Coalition, Co- President of the Peace Garden, Student Representative of SALSA, and also a member of the Black Student Union, Men of Color, and IWU Bee Keepers.
Research Experience: Involved in psychology research that is currently in development.
Study Abroad Experience: Galapagos Islands (Spring 2020)
"The ES program has been very involved in my success here at IWU, and without the wonderful professors and advising that I've had, the opportunities that I've had within the ES program would not have been attainable."Contact Refugio
Emily Schirmacher '21
Major(s):Environmental Studies (International Environmental Sustainability)
On-campus Involvement: Residential Community Advisor of Munsell Hall, Co-President of the Peace Garden, Member of GREENetwork, Titan Band Drummer, Jazz Lab Drummer, Jennings Scholar for Percussion, Environmental Studies Student Worker
Study Abroad Experience: Polar Biology in Denmark and Arctic Norway (Fall 2019)
"The experiences and endless amounts of support from the IWU Environmental Studies community have helped me flourish into the passionate person that I am today. With these tools, I have taken a love for nature and shaped this into a realization that my dreams of having a career where I can work towards a more sustainable future can and will become a reality." Contact Emily.
Leah Bieniak '21
Major(s):Environmental Studies (Ecology)
On-campus Involvement:Sierra Student Coalition, Spanish and Latino Student Association, The Muslim Student Association,GREENetwork, Environmental Studies student worker, TA for the Principles of Ecology Course (fall 2019)
Research Experience: Will be conducting a two-year research project on breeding birds in the city limits of Bloomington-Normal and is an Eckley Summer Scholar (summer of '19)
Study Abroad Experience:Barcelona (Spring 2020)
"From my very first visit to Illinois Wesleyan, the Environmental Studies Program has been an amazingly supportive and encouraging community. Within the program I have found friends, mentors, and fellow environmentalists with whom I can share my passions for ecology and my hopes for a better future. The ES Program is helping me fulfill my goals of combating some of the world’s greatest problems, and I am grateful to be able to share the experience with so many other compassionate, intelligent, and motivated people."Contact Leah.
Hannah Horn '20
Major(s): Environmental Studies (Policy)
On-Campus Involvement:News Editor for the Argus, First Year Residential Advisor in Munsell Hall, Touch of Class Acapella choreographer, Titan Band, Campus Activities Board Marketing Executive, Student Senate, Academic Appeals Board member, and Sigma Alpha Iota
"The ES program showed me that I did not need to settle for only pursuing one thing, and instead I could incorporate my education and life experiences to achieving my goal of helping others and making the world a better place."Contact Hannah
Tera Wilson '20
Major(s) Environmental Studies (General) and Economics (Financial Economics)
On-Campus Involvement: Peace Garden President, Lead Resident Community Advisor, Economics Society Executive member, IWU Podcast Host/writer, Economics Tutor, Sierra Student Coalition Member, Student Senator (FAB), Jennings Scholar for Viola and Vice President of Badminton Club
Study Abroad Experience: Studied climate change in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam (May 2018), Interned at EarthRights International in Thailand, teaching English to environmental advocates
“I entered IWU as an undecided student, unsure of what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. Thanks to the professors and courses here, I've been able to find my passions, explore new places in Asia, and pursue opportunities I never knew existed.” Contact Tera