Research and leadership skills developed at LVC set Elizabeth “Libby” Cieniewicz apart from her peers in the Ph.D. program at Cornell University.
“Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists.” - Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Though LVC welcomes its first class into the Environmental Science Program in fall 2017, several recent biology graduates who focused on environmental classes and research are well on their way to successful careers. They are employed as a water resources coordinator, and enrolled in Ph.D. and dental programs at Cornell University, Penn State University, Indiana University, and University of Maryland, Baltimore.
I have stories of conducting research in the College’s greenhouse, catching Painted turtles in the campus pond, hiking through Rohland Woods to identify trees, and walking in Quittie Park to collect samples of invertebrates. My research was unique, exciting, and involved wildlife—a resource that other colleges simply do not have to offer.