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The Environmental Sciences program selects students from the program to serve as ES Ambassadors each year. Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable students host and participate in university events, recruit new students, provide support, and promote the program. All ambassadors demonstrate great leadership and communications skills, NC State pride and academic achievement across a diversity of focal points.

If you are interested in becoming an ES Student Ambassador, email Erin Champion at

Meet your 2016-2017 Student Ambassadors:


ES Focal Area: Water Resources

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because:  of my passion for the natural environment and the realization that I could make a large impact in the way our resources, environment, and planet are preserved for future generations.  The Environmental Sciences Academic Program at NCSU attracted me because it is a world-class environmental education close to home at a university that is consistently listed among the top values for public universities.  I know that my Environmental Sciences degree will open up possibilities for careers that are fulfilling and provide me the opportunity to solve big problems on the local, state and national level.





ES Focal Area: Biological Oceanography

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because: when researching schools with strong ES programs, State kept coming up time and time again.  Once I got accepted and visited the school I knew it was the right place for me.





ES Focal Area: Environmental Engineering

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because: I love how much freedom you’re given in deciding your classes. The Environmental Science program offers a great method to explore any area I want, and that is very conducive to finding and preparing myself for my future career.




ES Focal Area: Sustainable Development

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because: Environmental Sciences allows you to gain a broad understanding of all scientific disciplines and how they can be applied to real world problems. In the 21st century, every career will be affected by the health of our environment. Having a background in environmental sciences helps me stand out as a future job candidate because I can bring forward the environmental perspective to non-scientific communities including roles in the public and private sectors.



ES Focal Area: Marine Science

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because: After having a good experience in my ES program in high school, I really loved that NCSU’s program had classes from all departments with the opportunity to hone in on one subject as a focal area.  I also liked how the external learning experience requirement allowed the opportunity for hands on exploration in Environmental Sciences.



Walczyk, Claire


ES Focal Area: Business Administration

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because: I decided to study Environmental Science at NC State because I wanted to do something with sustainability, something that could really make a difference.  The ES program requires many different interdisciplinary courses that let students explore many different fields of science; while still providing a focal area for students to allow them to get a concentration in something they are passionate about.  Studying at NC State has really allowed me to create a community of people to help and support me in college.  The NC State ES Program supports students to make a difference in their local and global environment.


ES Focal Area: Technical and Scientific Communication

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because: I originally saw myself majoring in an area related to Environmental studies and sciences because it was my favorite class in high school. Back in then, I wanted to do everything- save the jungles, stop climate change, and head the EPA- but I was not quite sure where I would end up or if I even liked jungles or understood climate change. After I was accepted to NC State, I toured the school and had the opportunity to sit down and speak with the director of the Environmental Sciences Academic Program, Dr. Bill Winner, as well as Erin Champion, and Greg Wilson. It was that day I knew Environmental Sciences Academic Program at NC State was not just an over-arching major that covered everything, but a program where I could pick and choose what I loved and what I didn’t love to design my own focal area within the program. I also learned what a close-knit community the Environmental Science Program happened to be, with a first-year course, planned social events throughout the year, a ton of networking, and professional development activities. I visited and spoke with other environmental programs from the Indiana to Georgia to New York, and no other environmental science program had the unique concentration area curriculum and family-like atmosphere that I could imagine spending 4 years at. When it came down to make my final choice on where I would end up Fall 2014, it was no doubt NC State’s Environmental Science Program.


ES Focal Area: Political Science

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because: I loved the broad scope of concentrations that were available to me. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do within that scope, and the NC State Environmental Science program had so many more options than other schools I had looked at. I felt that with so many different avenues I would eventually come across one that I felt was right for me, and I did! I also went to the Career Exploration Day as a junior in high school and I met some of the advisors and heads of the program. I felt like they really cared about their students, and that was another reason I chose NC State.


ES Focal Area: Applied Ecology

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because: I came in undecided and went to a lot of events to try and choose between ES and Environmental Engineering. After going to an ES event where I met my advisor and some of my current teachers I fell in love with the program. Because it’s smaller than some other programs I feel like part of a community. Also, my advisor has been so wonderful in helping me find my way here on campus.




ES Focal Area: Undecided

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because: I decided to study ES at NC State because of my love for the environment. I was unsure about the path I would take in college until I took AP Environmental Science in high school and I knew that it was what I wanted to pursue. Once I came to State, I could tell it was a great fit for me. The ES program is a little smaller than other programs on campus, but that makes it more intimate at such a large university. I’ve met some of my closest friends at State in ES. It is so great to have people around you that care about the environment as much as you do.


ES Focal Area: Undecided

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because:  The primary reason I chose NC State was because the University contains a comradery among fellow students that other universities cannot compete with. I chose ES because the University is aware and actively seeking ways to be a more sustainable university with the help of its students. NC State provides its students with the technology and knowledge needed to be sustainable thinkers of the future and find to solutions with some of the most established professors.


ES Focal Area: Marine Biogeochemistry

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because: I transferred from American University because of the strong Environmental Sciences program at NC State, and was really drawn here by the flexibility and diverse classes offered within the ES major. Between the concentration electives and research opportunities available at State, I have been able to explore and build upon interests in chemistry and marine science, inspiring me to also declare majors in those subjects. Additionally, the knowledge I am gaining through the Semester @ CMAST program is incredibly unique and I have been provided with a number of hands-on experiences, increasing my appreciation for the vast range of disciplines within oceanography and introducing me to a number of professors and students passionate about conservation. The possibilities within the Environmental Sciences program at NC State are endless and really cause the major to stand out from similar degrees at other institutions.

Mary Summers

ES Focal Area: Sustainability

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because: I originally came to NC State to study engineering, however I found the coursework and the major were not right for me.  When researching and exploring my options at NCSU, the ES Academic Program was recommended to me during a walk-in advising appointment.  Speaking with ES student ambassadors and Greg Wilson peaked my interest even more, and I decided to switch to ES.  I really enjoy the flexibility of the program due to the Focal Area because I knew at the time I was interested in Environmental Sciences, but not a specific Focal Area.  I’ve been really happy with my decisions to switch to ES, as I love my classes and the benefits offered by ES.


ES Focal Area: Sustainable Energy

I study Environmental Sciences at NC State because: Originally, I applied to the College of Engineering with an intent to pursue a degree in Environmental Engineering.  The main reason for this was my interest in how the environment works and changes in the world around me.  More specifically, coming from the town of Eden, I was exposed to one of the largest Coal Ash spills in the country.  Consequently, I frequently saw environmentalists traveling up and down the Dan River and gained new insight into how environmental sciences works.  However, after my freshman year I decided to sit down with my advisor and talk about what I wanted to get out of my degree.  Aspirations such as studying the growth of sustainable energy in North Carolina as well as participating in environmental research were topics that we discussed.  My advisor thought it would be a good idea for me to speak to someone in the environmental science program.  I scheduled a meeting with Dr. Winner, the director of the ES Academic Program, and after that meeting I felt as though ES was where I needed to be and was going to cater to my studies.  Ever since my transition to the Environmental Sciences I have been enthusiastic towards my classes and have formed connections with professors that have shaped my perspective towards environmental sciences.