Student Spotlight

Current and former students describe how they came to choose Miami and environmental co-majors, their study abroad and research experiences, extracurricular activities, and more.

Katie Sanderson

(Class of 2022)

photo of Katie Sanderson"During my first semester, I became really interested in mental health, fitness, nutrition, and wellness, so I switched my major to psychology and have now recently added the new food systems & food studies co-major, which is offered by the Institute for the Environment & Sustainability."

Stephanie Gibson

(Class of 2022)

photo of Stephanie Gibson"My mom always used to tell me I was going to save the world one day, and I've been on that environmental science path ever since. I also just added my co-major in sustainability this past spring, when I was looking into my study abroad experience in Zambia."

Max Leveridge

(Class of 2018)

photo of Max Leveridge"Environmental science is incredibly interdisciplinary. You are not just studying one thing all day every day. There's chemistry, biology, geology, and a lot more because all these elements interact and, in turn, they influence what happens in the world on multiple levels."

Erin Graves

(Class of 2018)

photo of Erin Graves"Beyond the classroom, for over 3 years I've been the president of EcoReps, which makes up part of the community leadership team in every residence hall. We go into various residence halls to conduct what we call 'trash audits,' where we weigh the trash collected in the receiving area and pick through it all to find things that could have been recycled."