Current MES Students

Our students come from a range of backgrounds and each aspire to achieve their own individual goals in this program. For many students, the MES program provides them with tools and opportunities to make the change they want to see.

Jessica Converse

Jessica Converse, 2019 Cohort

I am a United States Navy veteran. I was a Persian-Farsi translator with an Associates degree in the language. After I fulfilled my contract, I moved to Corvallis, OR to finish my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a Spanish minor. I graduated in 2017, and went to work for Northwest Youth Corps as a crew lead for one of their conservation crews. After completing that contract, I got a job as a Spanish speaking teaching assistant at the Corvallis Montessori School.

My journey to MES has been a few years in the making - I wished to attend Evergreen in 2007 for my undergraduate degree, but instead decided to join the Navy. In 2019, I was feeling the need to expand my educational and experiential knowledge and the idea to come back to my Evergreen dreams has come to fruition!....

Read more about Jessica's story here!


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Alexis Haifley, 2018 Cohort

After completing my undergrad in Criminal Justice, I worked several jobs in government service and the non-profit sector before moving to Olympia and getting a job with the state. I currently work full time, so when school is in session I'm definitely limited on my free time. However, during summer break I enjoy traveling, hiking, scuba diving, and reading books for fun.

I was encouraged to apply to MES because my supervisor and several coworkers are alumni of the program and highly recommended it. I wanted to gain expertise in marine sciences, build community, and explore networking opportunities, and MES seemed like a great fit.

Honestly, it has turned out to be that great fit; I've loved almost everything about the program. I've become a much better writer since my first year....

Read more about Alexis's story here!

Zack Hovis

Zack Hovis, 2018 Cohort

Before getting accepted into MES, I graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2015 focusing on ecology, hydrology, and arthropology. Following this, I worked as an arthropology technician for the Pacific Northwest Research Station at Mount St. Helens identifying and sorting out insects and spiders from pitfall trap samples all across the north slope of the volcano. After that, I worked for the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) for two years doing restoration and trail work. In that time, I expanded my professional career by learning a great deal about restoration practice and theory, herbicide application, and trail operations.

My time in the WCC galvanized me into wanting to learn more about restoration and land management. Evergreen’s Master of Environmental Studies seemed to be an excellent match, considering that I graduated with my Bachelor's from there....

Read more about Zack's story here!




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Carly Rose, 2018 Cohort

Leading up to this program, I have worked with people and organizations to build knowledge on various topics related to environmental studies – those topics include wild and native plant identification, edible and medicinal plant use, Pacific Northwest mycology, sustainable building with cob and straw bale, and organic gardening – to name a few. I completed a summer internship at the High Desert Center for Sustainable Studies in Colorado when my son was a baby. I value environmental education for individuals of all ages, which was why I volunteered to teach at the High Desert Center. I wanted to gain knowledge and skills in environmental studies to pursue my greatest interest and to open up possibilities for a career in the environmental sector. So, I returned to school to gain natural science prerequisites in Botany and Geology, and applied to the MES program with an essay titled “Protecting water resources in western Washington via the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act.” The rest, as they say, was history....

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MESA: Student Group

Many of our students get involved through the student group MESA. Find out more about this group and what they bring to the program by looking at their page: MESA