Environmental Studies Program majors explore critical questions about remaking the human presence in the world in a fashion that is both socially just and environmentally sustainable.
Recent Student Projects & Accomplishments
Recent independent research projects include:
• “Indigenous Resilience, Adaptation, and Community Solidarity in the Face of Climate Change”
• “Rethinking Redevelopment: New Urbanism, Neoliberalism, and Sustainable Urban Design in Cleveland, Ohio”
• “Changing Carbon Allocation to Nuts and Woody Tissue in an Experimental Hazelnut Orchard”
• “Interrogating the ‘And’: A Study of Environmentalism and Disability”
• “Exploring Japanese Local Food Systems through the Lens of Organic Rice Farming”
• “A Comparison of Soil Carbon Estimates Based on Different Sampling Techniques in a Forest and Meadow in Northeast Ohio”
• “Constructing Alternate Futures: Speculative Fiction within the Environmental Justice Movement”
• “Tree Planting to Promote Carbon Sequestration in Recently Abandoned Farm Fields on the Oberlin College Campus”
- Kieran Minor ’19 Truman Scholarship and Davis ‘Projects for Peace’ Award
- Emily Stanford ’18 Watson Fellowship
- Brian Rubin ‘18 and Benjamin Steger ‘18 were awarded Launch U’s second place prize of $10,000 for their startup Virtu.Academy, an online music lessons service that connects Oberlin Conservatory students to middle and high school students across the state of Ohio.
- Tessa Emmer ’11, (ES/ECON double major), along with her business partners Catherine O’Hare ’11 (BIOL), and Avery Resor received LaunchU’s first place award of $20,000 for their venture Salt Point Seaweed in the 2018 LaunchU pitch competition. The company sells high-quality nutritional seaweed sustainably harvested by hand in northern California. The three are committed to using their business as a force for environmental protection, community development, and food system transformation.
- Lindsey Brubaker ’19, Critical Language Scholarship, Japan
- Marie Lilly ‘17, Fulbright ETA, Colombia
- Brendan Nuse ‘17, Shansi Fellowship, Shanxi, Taigu, China
- Hyacinth Parker ‘17, Shansi Fellowship, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
- Paulus Van Horne ‘17, Watson Fellowship