Leveling Up

Leveling Up: Tips and Assists for your post-college game plan

Join the Nelson Institute community this fall for a series of virtual events dedicated to environmental career path preparation. We recognize that these are challenging times and many of our students are feeling anxious about navigating a post-COVID economy. In response, we are offering an expanded Leveling Up program to help you explore your career options, enhance your networking skills, and navigate the challenges of life as a student.

Whether you are just beginning your college journey or about to launch a professional career, we invite you to “level up” by joining us for these fun and beneficial weekly sessions.

COLLEGE TO CAREER GROUP WITH BECKY RYAN

Hey undergrads, worried about what the future will hold? Trying to get a handle on transitioning away from college? You’re not alone! Join Becky Ryan, undergraduate program coordinator, in informal group discussions where students can share thoughts, learn from fellow students, and discuss questions about moving forward. There is no set agenda for this group, but don’t worry, Becky will have some prompts to get the conversation started. All are welcome to register for one or all of the sessions this fall.

College to Career Group will be offered biweekly on Fridays from 2-3 p.m. All sessions will be offered virtually on Zoom. To make for great discussions, space is limited to 12 students only. Dates are listed below.

September 25, October 9, October 23, November 6
2-3 p.m.
REGISTER HERE

SHORT & SNAPPY: SHARPEN YOUR ELEVATOR SPEECH THROUGH CONVERSATIONS WITH ALUMS

Feeling nervous about networking or interviewing? Join us for six-minute speed conversations with environmental professionals. Test out your “elevator pitch,” or your answer to “Tell me about yourself?” as you interact one-on-one with a variety of environmental professionals.

Two Short & Snappy sessions will be offered, each with a unique line up of environmental professionals and Nelson alumni. Virtual sessions will use Blackboard Collaborate breakout sessions. You are welcome to drop in and out of the session as your schedule allows.

Wednesday, September 30
4:00-5:30 p.m.
REGISTER HERE

Environmental professional participating from:
City of Altoona, WI
New Visions Wilderness
Wisconsin State Representative Jimmy Anderson
Texas Legislative Council
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
WI Department of Natural Resources
National Parks Foundation
National Science Foundation
UW-Madison
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Academy for Global Citizenship
Brud Computer Software Company

Thursday, October 1
4:00-5:30 p.m.
REGISTER HERE

Environmental professional participating from:
WI DNR
Donohue & Associates, Inc.
Nemak
UW Extended Campus
SAGE Energy
Sustainable Rental Real Estate Investor
HNTB Corp Engineering and Planning
Cornell China Center, Cornell University
Office of Sustainability, UW-Madison
Korfmacher Resources, LLC
The Nature Conservancy

CONSIDERING GRAD SCHOOL?

With four unique sessions, this series offers a great introduction to the professional master’s degree programs offered through the Nelson Institute that could bring your career to the next level.

CONSIDERING A MASTER’S DEGREE?

Learn the what, why, and how to join a professional master’s program offered through the Nelson Institute. Join Paul Robbins, Dean of the Nelson Institute, for a short exploration of our professional master’s degree programs. You will also hear from Jim Miller, graduate advisor, Meghan Kautzer, Environmental Conservation program coordinator, and Sarah Graves, Environmental Observation and Informatics program coordinator.

Monday, October 5
12-12:30 p.m.
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Environmental Conservation - Lunch & Learn

Join Meghan Kautzer, Environmental Conservation program coordinator, to learn more about the Environmental Conservation professional master’s program.

Monday, Oct. 12
12-12:30 p.m.
REGISTER HERE

Environmental Observation & Informatics - Lunch & Learn

Join Sarah Graves, Environmental Observations & Informatics program coordinator, to learn more about the Environmental Observations & Informatics professional master’s program.

Monday, Oct. 19
12-12:30 p.m.
REGISTER HERE

Water Resources Management - Lunch & Learn

Join Jim Miller, graduate advisor, to learn more about the Water Resources Management (WRM) Master of Science degree program.

Monday, Oct. 26
12-12:30 p.m.
REGISTER HERE

INTERNSHIPS IN THE TIME OF COVID

Concerned about finding an internship during the pandemic? In this informative session, learn about virtual internships and other ways to build skills and experience in light of COVID-19.

Friday, November 6, 2020
12-1 p.m.
REGISTER HERE

PAST EVENTS:

CONNECT WITH ALUMNI

Nelson Institute’s 50th Anniversary Celebration (September 11, 2020)
To celebrate the Nelson Institute’s 50th anniversary, the Nelson Institute hosted a full day of programming including videos featuring Nelson alumni. In a series of short videos, Nelson alumni shared stories about their work and how the Nelson Institute shaped their career. Hear their stories by clicking on the links below.

Leela Hazzah
M.S. in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2006), PhD in Environment and Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (2010)

Dylan Bizhikiins Jennings
B.S. in Anthropology and Archaeology and certificates in American Indian Studies and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013)

Emmanuel Urey
B.S. in Biology, Cuttington University, Liberia, Master in Public Health (MPH), Cuttington University, Liberia, M.S. in Environment & Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (2013), Ph.D. in Environment & Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (2018)

Rich Beilfuss
M.S. in Water Resources Management, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (1990), M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering (1991), PhD in Land Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (2002)

John H. Francis III
PhD, in Land Resources University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute Environmental Studies (1991)

Stephen J. Ventura
M.S. in Environmental Monitoring, University of Wisconsin–Madison (1983), PhD in Land Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (1989)

Elizabeth Bagley
B.S. in Zoology, Biological Aspects of Conservation, Environmental Studies Certificate, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2002), M.S. in Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development, Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2007), PhD in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences Area and Environment & Resources, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2011)

Maria Castillo
B.S. in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin – Madison (2017)

Stephanie Dresen
B.S. in Biochemistry and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2015), M.S. in Energy Policy and Climate, John Hopkins University

Sabrina Scull
M.S. in Environmental Conservation, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (2019)

Steven Olikara
B.S. in Political Science and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012)

2020 virtual Rendezvous (September 11, 2020)
At this virtual social gathering, Nelson alumni and friends met on the Nelson Institute’s LinkedIn Alumni and Friends group page for an hour of reminiscing, storytelling, and connecting. While the formal event has passed, we invite you to stay connected with us on the Nelson Alumni and Friends LinkedIn group page. If you are not a member, request to join today. Everyone with a LinkedIn account is welcome to join. If you are not connected on LinkedIn, create your free account today.

For questions about Career Week contact: Emily Reynolds

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