Earth Institute Student Research Showcase

On Thursday, March 26th, The Earth Institute at Columbia University's Office of Academic and Research Programs brought together 15 student interns, research assistants and travel grant recipients at the Earth Institute Student Research Conference. These students shared their unique research experiences of working to understand and solve pressing environmental issues to a crowd eager to learn about the latest environmental and sustainable development related research. All of the research projects involved students who are currently studying under an academic program affiliated with the Earth Institute or have received funding through a travel grant, internship, or research assistantship from the Earth Institute.

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Student Interns / Researchers

Yasmine Koukaz, William Wetzel, Gary Mesko, Undergraduate Special Concentration in Sustainable Development: "Workshop on Sustainable Development: The Nature Conservancy Coastal Resilience Project"
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Janelle Batta, Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program, Spring 2009, Barnard Environmental Science Department: “Enterococci and Raw Sewage at the 125th Street Combined Sewer Overflow: Environmental Issues and Policy Recommendations for the Waterfront Development in Manhattanville”
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Christopher Yee and Anuta Belova, Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program, Fall 2008 Earth and Environmental Engineering: “Carbon Dioxide Capture through a Novel Calcium Oxide Sorbent”
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Hannah Lee, Earth and Environmental Engineering 2009: “CO2 Sequestration through CO2 Hydrate Formation”
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Kelly Westby, Earth and Environmental Engineering 2011: “An Investigation into the Syngas Production from Municipal Solid Waste Gasification under Atmosphere with Various CO2 Concentrations”
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Emily Jordan, CSSR Summer Intern, 2008: “Behavioral Differences between Standard and Communally Reared Mice”
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Leah Stokes, MPA-ESP 2009: “The Role of Private Investment in Increasing Climate Friendly Technologies in Developing Countries with the Initiative for Policy Dialogue”
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Alejandro Gomez Palma, MPA-ESP 2009: “Haiti: A Future beyond Peacekeeping?”
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Victor Vazquez, SIPA: “Mapping Irrigation through Remote Sensing Analysis in India"
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Matthew Basinger, PhD in Earth and Environmental Engineering: “BELT (Biofuel Engine Longevity Test) - Investigating Waste Vegetable Oil Fueling of a Diesel Engine; a Collaboration between Columbia University, Manhattan College, and City College”
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Ariela Zycherman, PhD in Applied Anthropology at Teachers College, Travel Grant Recipient: “Negotiating Needs and Value in Agricultural Development Projects: Appropriations of the Pigeon Pea among Tsimané Indians in the Bolivian Amazon”
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Meha Jain, PhD in Ecology, Evolutionary and Environmental Biology: “The Ecological Effects of a Community Conserved Area in Rajasthan, India”
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Gordon McCord, PhD in Sustainable Development: “Quantifying the Effect of Child Mortality Reduction and a Green Revolution on the Demographic Transition”
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Benjamin Mason Meier, International Development and Globalization Fellow, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Travel Grant Recipient: “The ‘Highest Attainable Standard’: The Implications of an Evolving Human Right to Health for the Development of Sustainable Public Health Systems”
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