The Class of 2021 is Ready to Forge a New Path

“Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.”

Julie Zimmerman, professor of green engineering and senior associate dean of academic affairs at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES), used these inspiring words from the late Sen. Robert Kennedy to rally the 127 students who make up the Class of 2021 on Monday, encouraging them to forge their own path as they set out for the next stage of their academic careers.

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Members of the incoming class come from 28 U.S. states and 18 countries. Twenty-seven percent of the class comes from outside the U.S. They bring with them an average of three years of work experience, with seven students bringing more than 10 years.

The majority of the class (86 students) will be part of the Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M.) degree program, which includes an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines subject specialization with foundational skills, career development, and the flexibility to study other disciplines. In addition, 27 students will join the Master of Environmental Science (M.E.Sc.) program and six students will pursue a Master of Forestry (M.F.) degree.

The new students spent most of August completing the School’s traditional summer modules, or MODs, a three-week orientation period when students become acquainted with each other as they learn essential skills for careers in environmental research, management, and policy. During MODs, the incoming class is split into three groups, which each spent one week at Yale-Myers and Great Mountain forests, respectively, and the third week studying New Haven’s urban ecosystems.

Visit our Instagram page and click on “MODs 2019” to see the orientation experience.

PUBLISHED: August 28, 2019
Note: Yale School of the Environment (YSE) was formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES). News articles posted prior to July 1, 2020, refer to the School's name at that time.