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Summer Thesis Presentations!

Student Quasar Surprise stands at a podium speaking to an audience with a projection of science students behind her.

Join the MES Program on September 11 and 14 to learn about thesis students' research findings in a variety of environmental studies topics. Consult the campus map to find Purce Hall, and see the schedule below. Presentations are free and open to the public. 

 

Master of Environmental Studies Thesis Presentations (Summer 2018)

 

Tuesday, September 11, 4-5 pm, Purce Lecture Hall 4

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What's your favorite cetacean? Gaining experience and a thesis project with Cascadia Research Collective

A humpback whale viewed on a DSLR camera screen.

During my time in the MES program, I have enrolled in two Individual Learning Contracts (ILCs) – both with Cascadia Research Collective, a non-profit focusing on marine mammal research. ILCs are one example of how Evergreen helps you make your education experience unique and catered to your needs and goals. My first ILC experience was over winter 2018, where I spent the majority of my time researching and collecting preliminary data for a potential master’s thesis project.

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Full of Dirt: Undertaking an Over-the-Top Master's Thesis Project is Anything but Easy

View of the Yakima River and farm lands with a cloudy sky.

Since the inception of my master’s thesis many people have told me that it “embodies the MES interdisciplinary approach”.  At first, I filled with pride when someone gave me this compliment; something I dreamt up represented the MES synthesis of qualitative and quantitative analysis.  Almost two years later, with 17 trips to Yakima, endless hours of transcribing interviews by hand, smearing wet mud into foil-laden bowls, sieving hard-packed aggregates with brute force through a 2 mm sieve, packing 2 milligrams of soil (which is way smaller than you think) into teeny tiny tin vessels, pullin

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Fungi, Microsites, and Forbes: My Second Year in the MES Program

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Hi, I’m John, lover of the natural world – especially fungi. Here is the story of my second year in the MES program, enjoy!

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A Bee-utiful Learning Opportunity with Evergreen Graduate Students

beekeeping

In the Masters of Public Administration Program, students must complete a capstone project, the final degree requirement. For her project, MPA graduate student, Annie Pocklington, decided to collaborate with Quasar Surprise, MES 2017, who teaches urban agriculture at Avanti High School, to introduce high school students to beekeeping. Their club had a great deal of community support and educated students about the importance of bees in the environment while teaching them unique and fun beekeeping skills.

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