Earth Day is April 22, and to celebrate the week, the Millersville University Watershed Education Training institute announced its first-ever Environmental Justice Fellowship. The award goes to sophomore Pearl Ramos. The year-long fellowship aims to expand student involvement in watershed education and applied aspects of environmental management to preserve waterways. The fellowship is awarded to an underrepresented student studying biology or chemistry with a focus on secondary education.
“Receiving the first ever-environmental justice fellowship is the most rewarding and exciting thing I have ever experienced,” says Ramos.
The WETi fellow will be involved with multiple stormwater management and environmental education efforts on campus. Ramos will assist Dr. John R. Wallace and the University’s facilities personnel with coordinating stormwater management efforts. They will work on meeting federal and state municipal storm sewer requirements to manage stormwater on campus. Ramos participated in a weekend workshop last fall focused on stormwater management. Together with the student-driven stormwater team, she devised a series of stormwater best management practices to be installed on campus over the next 12 months.
“The environment is extremely important to me. Climate change and how it impacts ecosystems is a topic I have done a lot of research on and have always wanted to work firsthand with battling this issue,” says Ramos.
In addition, Ramos will work with Dr. Nanette Marcum-Dietrich and other MU undergraduate and graduate students to support various watershed educational programs involving in-service teacher and pre-teaching training during the spring, summer and fall semesters.
To be considered for a WETi fellowship, the student must be a science major with a minor in secondary education, part of an underrepresented community, be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior, have a GPA of 2.5 or more and have a passion for science and the environment.
Ramos plans to pursue a career as a high school chemistry teacher when she graduates.
For more information on the Millersville University Watershed Training Institute, check out MU WETi.