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Student Programs Committee


DENIN SPC members with YouDeeThe DENIN Student Programs Committee is a small group of specially selected volunteers from across the University of Delaware who assist DENIN in reaching out to students. Its members are charged with being

Ambassadors — representing DENIN at campus-wide events
Focus Group — providing input about what students are interested in and concerned about
Event Planners — carrying out events for students that further the educational objectives of DENIN
Promoters — assisting in promoting DENIN events, especially to the student population
Activists — helping to create a sustainable campus by communicating scientific information effectively

The DENIN Student Programs Committee was launched during the 2011-2012 academic year. It is composed of 8–12 members who work with DENIN staff to plan and carry out educational events for their fellow students on campus. The committee has included representatives from the Colleges of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, Business and Economics, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Agricultural and Natural Resources.

DENIN SPC water bottle campaign photoAmong their many activities, the group has conducted a Bottled Water Awareness Campaign on campus, collecting over 1,000 signatures on their petitions and proposing a successful StUDent Government Association resolution supporting their initiative to reduce one-time plastic bottle use. They have a general commitment to raising awareness about and working to reduce all types of waste on campus.

The committee has also hosted a number of film screenings, special speakers, art projects and performers, including the 2014 appearance by spoken word artists Climbing PoeTree. They sponsor an annual student environmental video competition as part of UD's Lights, Camera, EARTH! Film Festival. In addition, members receive special invitations to meet and interact with the internationally known environmental speakers hosted by DENIN through its DENIN Dialogue Series and Distinguished Lecture Series.

Kids Greenfest 2014Throughout the year, committee members represent DENIN at festivals and events such as Coast Day, Earth Week, and Ag Day. In the spring, they treat their fellow students to UDairy Creamery ice cream at their "I Scream for the Earth" event on The Green. 



2014–15 Committee Members:

Photo of Becky BronsteinBecky Bronstein — Chair
Becky is a senior pursuing a degree in environmental science with a concentration in sustainable energy technology. She is the co-chair of the Sustainability Policy Working Group and a member of the Green Liaisons Working Group within the UD Sustainability Task Force. Becky is an active member of the Blue Hen Leadership Program where she recently co-led a sustainability-based service trip to Puerto Rico. She is also a senator in the StUDent Government Association and a future board member of the Down-to-Earth Food Co-op.  Becky has conducted research as an EPSCoR Summer Scholar on the public perception of offshore windpower and the implementation of a sustainability studies program at UD, and she will conduct additional research as a Plastino Scholar this summer.

Photo of Lindsey CraigLindsey Craig
Lindsey is a senior pursuing a degree in environmental science with a concentration in sustainable energy and minors in geography and environmental humanities. She is involved in CALM club and the Down-to-Earth Food Co-op. Lindsey interned at RiverKeeper, a nonprofit organization defending the Hudson River. She studied abroad in Winter 2013 in Fiji and Fall 2013 in Denmark to further her education in sustainable living.

Photo of Molly GartlandMolly Gartland
Molly is a senior with a major in wildlife conservation. She is also pursuing a minor in the environmental humanities. Her research interests primarily involve landscape ecology and songbirds, specifically wood thrush. She is also collaborating under the direction of several current and retired faculty on a collection of creative nonfiction essays regarding spatial analysis, nature writing, and the history of both the woodlot research site and environmental research at UD. When not pursuing her research interests, Molly enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, singing, and hiking. 

Photo of Rahdika SamantRadhika Samant
Radhika is a junior pursuing a double degree in business economics and environmental/resource economics. She has interned with several start-up companies at UD, worked as a research assistant at the Laboratory of Applied Economics, and is a former advocacy intern with the Delaware Nature Society where she researched and presented a paper on the importance of a car-idling ban in Delaware. Radhika will be working as a Delaware Water Resources Center intern this summer and hopes to work in environmental and business consulting in the future.

Photo of Katie JunghennKatie Junghenn
Katie is a senior environmental science major with concentrations in both hydrology and atmospheric science. Apart from being involved in DENIN, Katie is a Blue Hen Ambassador for the University and participates heavily in undergraduate research with the UD Ecohydrology Group. She has been a research intern with both the Delaware Water Resources Center and the EPSCoR Summer Scholars Program and expects her research to lead to co-authorships on two publications before she graduates. Katie hopes to pursue a master's of science in meteorology once she leaves the University of Delaware.

Photo of Ryan HendryRyan Hendry
Ryan is a senior pursuing a degree in environmental science with a concentration in sustainable energy and a minor in energy and environmental policy. He has interned with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) in the Watershed Assessment division. At DNREC he worked on a variety of watershed management issues in the Chesapeake Bay basin. Aside from being involved in DENIN, Ryan is also active in organizations such as NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary), the Christiana Towers Green Team, and the intramural basketball league. Ryan plans on pursuing a career in sustainable development, renewable energy, and environmental policy.

Photo of Devika BanerjeeDevika Banerjee 
Devika is a senior pursuing a degree in environmental studies with a concentration in environmental economics and resource policy. She has interned with Resonate, a strategic sustainability management firm based in Philadelphia and studied in Ecuador in spring 2014 to expand her education on an international level. Devika hopes to pursue a career that combines her passions for education and sustainability.

Photo of Jennifer SchoensteinJennifer Schoenstein
Jennifer is a sophomore at the University of Delaware pursuing a degree in environmental science with a concentration in hydrology. She spent her last summer participating in undergraduate research through the EPSCoR Summer Scholar program, studying plant-insect interactions and the biological control of weeds. This summer she will be conducting research at the Stroud Water Research Center, focusing on hydrology and fluvial geomorphology. Jennifer is actively involved with Enviro-Mentors (an ambassador program in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment), HENS (Honors Engaging in Neighborhood Service), and is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Central Complex Green Team. 

Photo of Kerry SnyderKerry Snyder
Kerry Snyder is a junior wildlife conservation/agriculture and natural resources double major with a passionate interest in environmental humanities. As a DENIN Environmental Scholar, Kerry traveled to Nicaragua in January of 2014 to study the foraging behavior of migratory birds in shade-coffee farms. She currently serves on the executive board of the Down-to-Earth Food Cooperative and is the treasurer for Gardens for Growth, an RSO which recruits students to tend UD's student-run farm. In January of 2013, Kerry traveled on a study abroad program to Vietnam and Cambodia where she learned about the cultural elements of wildlife conservation in Southeast Asia. In previous years she has been a member of the University of Delaware Marching band and has worked as a research assistant in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.  Kerry plans to pursue a career in sustainable development and work to promote conservation agriculture.

Photo of Marissa AndreazzaMarisa Andreazza
Marisa is a sophomore majoring in environmental studies with a concentration in society and sustainability and minoring in English and environmental humanities. In addition to DENIN SPC, she is involved with the Green Team, serving as chair of her complex, as well as the Blue Hen Leadership Program and Lori’s Hands. When not working, she spends a lot of time over the summer volunteering at a state park doing trail maintenance. This year she also had the opportunity of traveling to Puerto Rico for an environmental service trip. Her long-term goals include pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental management and working with organizations to analyze relationships among scientific and societal issues concerning environmental degradation.

Photo of Tim D'AgostinoTim D’Agostino
Tim is a sophomore studying environmental engineering, with a concentration in water resources and water quality. He is a member of the Environmental Engineering Student Association and is the chair of the Central Complex Green Team. D’Agostino currently serves as the academic affairs senator representing the College of Engineering in the StUDent Government Association. As a UD WATER intern this year, Tim presented his research (Stormwater Solutions for the University of Delaware’s North Campus: Hydrologic Modeling in the Piedmont Watershed) with the goal of reducing runoff and its associated environmental harm on the UD campus and adjacent waterways.