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Department of Earth Environmental and Geospatial Sciences

Julissa Lora

Julissa Lora Current location

  • New York, NY, USA

Date of Graduation from Lehman

  • January 2015

Type of degree/major/specialization/certificate

  • Bachelor of Science/Environmental Science/Urban Environment Sequence

Subsequent degrees earned or in progress

  • Master of Arts in Urban Studies at Fordham University 
  • Fall 2015 – May 2017 (expected)

Positions held since graduating

College Assistant, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Bronx Community College.
Environmental Science Mentor at Bronx Community College.

Type of work you do there

  • Provide different services and assistance according to the departmental needs.
  • Assist students with class projects and study materials.

Specific accomplishments of which you are most proud

Going to Kent State in Ohio for the summer to complete a research project is something I am very proud of. Being able to create a hypothesis, developed research method, analyze the data and present the conclusions gave me the confident I needed to complete future research projects. Being an education intern with seeds of trees, teaching middle school children about urban ecology and their environment was very rewarding. I jumped in to assisting and collaborating in educational activities, I got to see firsthand how the students participated and showed interest in every activity that was introduced to them

Earth Science or Geology activities/accomplishments/awards/internships/publications

Programs & Internships

  • Ecological Citizen’s Project - Longhaul Farm 
  • NYC Department of Environmental Protection/Office of Equal Employment Opportunity
  • NYC Department of Parks and Recreation - Seed for Trees Ecological Education 
  • Kent State University/ Holden Arboretum - Ecology Research Experience for Undergraduates
  • NYC Department of Environmental Protection/Waste Water Treatment Facility - Shoreline Field Survey Team
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) - Leadership Workshop 
  • NYC Department of Environmental Protection/Waste Water Treatment Facility - Marine Science Section
  • GeoScience Research at Storm Peak (GRASP) Program Participant

Awards

  • Lehman College Student Government Association Award for outstanding achievement in STEM Studies
  • Bronx Community College/Center for Sustainable Energy Leadership in Environmental Sustainability Alumni Award
  • Bronx Community College, Alumni Dignity Award
  • Bronx Community College/Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, William Hodge Scholarship
  • Bronx Community College/Inter-Organizational Council, Student Leadership Award

Activities

  • New York City Housing Authority Environmental Ambassador
  • Graduate Student Association at Fordham University 
  • Lehman College Student Legislative Assembly Senator
  • Executive member of the Lehman College Geo Science Club

Projects

  • "Save Our Skins Campaign"“Are rusty crayfish aggression and activity affected by anthropogenic sounds”
  • “Local pollution at Storm Peak Laboratory, Steamboat Colorado”

Master Thesis

  • “urban food systems and our communities”

Overall assessment of how Lehman’s EEGS Program prepared you for your current life

Lehman’s EEGS Program gives the basic knowledge that is needed to spark the curiosity of future scientists. Thanks to the education and academic support I received from the program I was able to turn my passion into a career and eventually I was accepted in to the graduate program that I wanted. On the other hand, the advice and guidance I received from the department faculty was always much appreciated, especially Prof. Sloan who was my first contact in to the department and eventually became my unofficial advisor. 

Comments on the EEGS Dept Program you were enrolled in

The EEGS department offers a wide-range environmental science program, since environmental science is an interdisciplinary field students can choose from different specialization areas. I decided to go in to the Urban Environment (Urban Environmental Management) specialization because I wanted to know what environmental factors disturb dynamic cities like New York and also enhance my scientific skills.