Environmental Professional Programs Fall Webinar Series

This series of informational webinars is geared toward students considering either of our professional master’s degree programs: Environmental Conservation (EC) and Environmental Observation and Informatics (EOI). Each session will start with an overview of the degree, a short presentation on the topics, and time for questions from the audience.

Webinars are held every other Thursday from September 23 through November 18. Registration is required to receive the link to join. All webinars will be recorded and shared online and with registrants.

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Sessions

Current Trends and Priorities for Conservation at Home and Around the World

September 23, noon-1 p.m.
Speaker: Nathan Schulfer, Director, International and Professional Programs

This presentation will provide an overview of current trends and priorities for conservation here in Wisconsin, across the United States, and around the world. Whether it is landscape restoration or the use of new technologies, being aware of the different areas where we can contribute to environmental problem solving is helpful when making decisions about how to best prepare for graduate school, and which graduate program is right for you. There will be ample time to ask questions, and to explore your specific areas of interest.

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Careers with an Environmental Conservation MS Degree

October 7, noon-1 p.m.
Noon-12:30 p.m.: Environmental Conservation option (Meghan Kautzer, EC Program Coordinator); 12:30-1 p.m.: Environmental Observation and Informatics option (Sarah Graves, EOI Program Coordinator)

One of the biggest factors in deciding on a graduate program is the career outcomes that come with the training and the credentials. While career outcomes are always specific to an individual and their prior experience and interest, with over 200 graduates of our programs, we know the general career paths and where our students are succeeding. This presentation will outline broad career paths and job types, break down the numbers of where students end up, and feature some alumni stories of graduates of the Environmental Conservation and Environmental Observation and Informatics programs. Participants can join for the full time to hear about both options or just join for the program option of interest.

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What is a Professional MS Degree and How Does it Differ from a Research-Focused MS?

October 21, noon-12:30 p.m.
Speakers: Meghan Kautzer and Sarah Graves, Program Coordinators

The Environmental Conservation MS degree provides the technical and professional training and networking opportunities to help take the next step in your career. The programs are accelerated, cohort-based, and practical. But how is this different than master’s programs that focus on research? What is the timeline, the funding options, the final product requirements? This presentation covers the basics of what makes the Environmental Professional MS programs unique in their accelerated timeline, deliberate structure, and focus on professional development and practical application of conservation skills.

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Curriculum and Learning Goals of the Environmental Conservation MS Degree

November 4, noon-1 p.m.
Noon-12:30 p.m.: Environmental Conservation option (Meghan Kautzer, EC Program Coordinator); 12:30-1 p.m.: Environmental Observation and Informatics option (Sarah Graves, EOI Program Coordinator)

The Environmental Conservation MS program has a unique curriculum to provide students with necessary skills and knowledge for diverse environmental careers. This presentation will cover details of the curriculum for each program including a full list of courses, major skills developed, and knowledge gained. Participants can join for the full time to hear about both the Environmental Conservation and the Environmental Observation and Informatics programs, or just join for the program option of interest.

Reminders and Tips for a Strong Application

November 18, noon-12:30 p.m.
Speakers: Meghan Kautzer and Sarah Graves, Program Coordinators 

With the application deadline of December 1 for the Environmental Conservation MS programs, now is the time to hone your statement of interest and finalize your documents. This presentation will cover the basics of the application requirements and some tips and reminders for a strong application.