Annual Capstone Symposium


At the end of each summer, scholars participate in the Annual Capstone Symposium at the School of Environment and Sustainability (SEAS). This symposium is open to research mentors, the broader University of Michigan community, and the general public. This opportunity allows for scholars to practice professional skills. With the help of research mentors and program staff, first year scholars learn how to design a professional research poster and present their summer research findings at our annual capstone symposium. This helps scholars come out of their first year with the skills to navigate and present at academic conferences. With the help of internship mentors and program staff, second year scholars learn how to craft and organize a brief “flash talk” on their internship experiences. The day is capped off with a keynote address given by a leader in the conservation field. To view the 2019 Capstone Symposium program, click here

>> Past Keynote Speakers:

Mona Munroe-Younis
2018 Keynote Speaker. Mona spoke about the Flint Water crisis from personal experience and as a public health activist
José G. González
2017 Keynote Speaker. José discussed talked about building inclusive outdoor spaces and in particular his work with creating and leading Latino Outdoors to get the LatinX communities outside through cultural connections

2018 Capstone Symposium

>> First-Year Scholars talking about their research

Mikaila Davis
Poster title: “Drought-Competition Interaction and Tree Survival”
Andrea Vega Troncoso
Poster title: “Model Matchmaking: Developing a Regional Climate Model Guidance Resource for Climate Change Adaptation Practitioners”
Craig Freeland
Poster title: “Criminalization of Energy Poverty”
Nathan Carpenter
Poster title: “Evaluating Sustainability Attitudes and Priorities of Detroit Residents”
Christopher (Hal) Terry
Poster title: “Behavioral Polymorphisms in Lampsilis Fasciola Mantle Lures”


>> Second-Year Scholars making presentations about their internship experiences

Alec Flores Pina
Alec is presenting on his work on Invasive Species Management with the City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation
Malik Smith and Blenna Kiros
Malik and Blenna are speaking about their work on storm water management and rain gardens as green infrastructure solutions.
Brandon Arbuckle
Brandon is speaking about his work as a Development Intern at the Ecology Center
Lourdes Abreu Torres and Ki'Amber Thompson
Lourdes and Ki'Amber are presenting their work with Freshwater Future, where they worked in Flint, MI interacting with community youth and testing water quality.
Josh Thorne
Josh is explaining his work on the Sustainability Action Agenda for the City of Detroit while working at EcoWorks Detroit
Sydney Fuller
Sydney is presenting her work on community emergency preparedness and looking at the correlations between extreme weather events and variations in crop prices at the Washtenaw County Health Department
Logan Dreher
Logan is discussing her work planning the 2018 Michigan Environmental Justice Summit while working for the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition

Check out the recordings of the 2017 Scholar’s flash talks to learn more about what they did over their second summer

Food Systems and Plant Management: Intro, Isaac Klimasmith, Jorge Agudelo, Ami Fofana, Alec Flores Pina, and Makayla Marshall

Community Engagement and Outreach: Brandon Arbuckle, Whitney Vong, Juliette Pascual, Logan Dreher,  and Tiffany Wu

Data Management and Manipulation: Kim Tran, Jessica Riojas, and Teresa Dorado

Water Quality and Management: Lourdes Abreu Torres and Ki’Amber Thompson, Tonyisha Harris, Gabbie Buendia and Emily Rau, Malik Smith and Blenna Kiros

Politics, Public Health, and Leadership Development: Sydney Fuller, Harbria Gardner, Maeghen Goode, and Joshua Thorne