Capstone Course Series

The Spring Capstone Symposium is on Wednesday, May 24 in Alder Hall, 1:30 – 6 p.m. All are welcome! Schedule below.

Environmental Studies students gain valuable professional experience and explore potential career paths through a 3-quarter Capstone project. The project includes a quarter-long internship, study abroad experience or research with a faculty member. Students produce a written deliverable and tie this professional and hands-on component with their academic study.

The Capstone is usually centered around a quarter-long internship with a community site partner. Potential Capstone sites range from community-based non-profits and government agencies to faculty research projects and private sector initiatives and the Capstone instructor organizes a Meet and Greet with site partners who have pre-selected projects for students to work on.

Capstone projects can be done individually, or with a team of students depending on the needs of the site partner. With the mentorship of your faculty adviser and site supervisor, you will gain valuable hands-on experience, explore career possibilities, and build professional communication skills. The end result is a Capstone Experience that is academically rigorous, extremely practical, and personally meaningful.

Capstone Experience (10 credits)

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  • ENVIR 490: Environmental Studies Capstone – Preparation
    • This seminar introduces students to the job search process, with sessions on resume and cover letter writing and ways to practice and present their pitch for an information or formal interview.
  • ENVIR 491: Environmental Studies Capstone – Internship and Research
    • Students develop research questions to guide their hands-on learning and gain project management skills, reporting regularly to their site supervisor.
  • ENVIR 492: Environmental Studies Capstone – Synthesis and Communication
    • Students reflect on their experience through journal reflections, an analysis paper reporting their research findings, and informal discussion on a class blog. Students also present their research at the culminating Capstone Symposium.

Capstone Symposium 

We hold Capstone Symposiums each Spring and Autumn. Check back for schedules and student abstracts. This event is open to the public and we encourage students interested in learning about the Capstone, as well as members of our community, to join us. For those who can’t attend in person, follow our live tweets on Twitter: #POEcap.

The Program on the Environment will host our Spring 2017 Capstone Symposium on May 24 at Alder Hall Auditorium. We welcome all to attend and support students as they present on the culmination of three quarters of hard work.

Symposium Schedule

Wednesday May 24

1:30 PM Welcoming remarks

1:40 PM Housekeeping

Session A – Sustainability through behavior change and policy

1:45 PM Introduction

1:50 PM Johanna Ventre – Examining tap vs bottled drinking water preferences and how to overcome unsustainable habits

2:00 PM Caroline Suttie – From the ground up: Identifying solutions to improve energy management in business

2:10 PM Josephine Strauss – Renewable energy and public policy: Barriers in working towards implementation

2:20 PM Amber Sonka – The more you know: Improving environmental assessments using ecosystem goods and service-based assessments

2:30 PM Q&A

Session B – Theory and practice of environmental education

2:40 PM Introduction

2:45 PM Kayla Carrington – Nature preschool: Child-nature interaction may foster self-regulation

2:55 PM Leila Jordan – Mindfulness in urban environmental education: Promoting stewardship, connecting to nature and developing emotional awareness

3:05 PM Catherine Vachon – Screen versus greens: Gardens to prevent internet addiction in adolescents

3:15 PM Q&A

3:25 PM Coffee break

Session C – Interventions and outreach for community engagement

3:35 PM Introduction

3:40 PM Annalee Cappellano – Identifying stormwater pollutants just outside the classroom

3:50 PM  Shelby Cramer – Our river, Our resource: Community-centered environmental risk communication

4:00 PM Cierra Heimbigner – Bridging the gap: The correlation between environmental communication and community outreach

4:10 PM Q&A

Session D – Arts, technology and our relationship to nature

4:20 PM  Introduction

4:25 PM Hannah Wright Osborn – Breaking barriers: Young women of color in the great outdoors

4:35 PM  Jenna Duncan – HTTP Error 404 – Forest not found: Does technology inhibit environmental awareness?

4:45 PM Rosy Gentle – Bridging environmental sustainability and the arts

4:55 PM Jasmmine Ramgotra – Inclusive cultural ecosystems: How to determine your role in supporting diversity in the environmental movement

Session E – Poster session (and refreshments)

5:15 PM Introduction

5:20 – 6 PM Christopher Bartlett, Justin Beach, Hannah Blaisdell, Kelly Bounxayavong, Caitlin Carthey, Alan Garvey, Sarah Gevirtzman, Susanne Gov, Jessica Hartman, Amy Haymond, Daniel Meyers, Michael Rodkinson, Matt Sedlacek, Joseph StewartMichelle Suga, Lucas Thompson, McKinley Walter

Previous capstone symposiums have covered presentations that range in topic, from food and healthcare sustainability, environmental education and outreach, corporate social responsibility and policy regulation for environmental pollutants.

News about the Capstone

Capstone student blog entries

Building Citizen Science with Volunteers as Partners, UW Washington Sea Grant, Natalie White
Student Perspective: What is it like to be a student studying connectivity?, Conservation Corridor, Amy Haymond