Chris Massey

What are your majors? Biochemistry and environmental studies

Expected graduation: May 2021

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? Growing up on Long Island, nature and the environment were always part of my upbringing. I was surrounded by beaches, forests, and water. My childhood friends and I would spend countless hours inventing and playing games in the woods.

As I got older, environmental activism caught my attention as it was an opportunity to share my passion for the environment with others. UW-Madison and CESP have allowed me many opportunities to both learn and expand this interest, while collaborating with those around me who have the same passion.

What would you say (or do you say) to other students about CESP and the Nelson Institute? CESP is an amazing program because everyone comes from different backgrounds and majors so we all have slightly varied perspectives and approaches to problems. This enables a wonderful community of students who can use their unique skills to problem solve and discuss together. Additionally the cohort style of the program lets you form great friendships with peers that you will continue to see for years to come.

Something few people know about you: I was going to major in AMEP (applied mathematics, engineering, and physics), but changed to biochemistry shortly after starting my research at the Carbone Cancer Center.