Eryne Jenkins

What are your majors? Biology, environmental studies

Expected graduation: May 2022

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? While majoring in a life science subject is beneficial for my desired career, the past two years on this path have revealed how important it is to engage in beyond one discipline. It was mandatory for me to take Environmental Studies 112: The Social Perspective freshman year for a study abroad program I am a part of on campus.

The class — and environmental studies as a discipline in general—challenges me to harness both the tools from my major of study and social science perspectives to address and understand the complexity of environmental problems. This is realized when perspectives from multiple disciplines are used to address community-based environment concerns.

Through my past internships with the Delaware Department of Transportation, I have engaged with the division to understand how the use of natural and synthetic resources by civil engineers affects local physicians’ patients of a certain age. Through similar and subsequent opportunities, I hope to use the interdisciplinary and critical thinking gained in my environment-based studies to effectively address the issues of equity, justice, risk reduction, and urban resilience through projects and studies as an environmental medicine physician.

What would you say (or do you say) to other students about CESP and the Nelson Institute? CESP is a great opportunity to connect and learn about relevant environmental efforts amongst peers and across campus. Both CESP and Nelson Institute are great at sharing information and opportunities to further learning!

Something few people know about you: I really enjoy learning languages. I am currently learning Mandarin Chinese and Serbo-Croatian.

Something else about you? This past fall, I connected with peers at the Midwest Climate Summit and together we launched an effort to collaborate and share waste-reduction initiatives across campuses in the region. I am motivated to continue this collaboration and further engage our local and regional community in waste-reduction.