What has your scholarship meant to you and how has it enabled you to pursue new and exciting opportunities?
My name is A. Michael Sheer, and I writing in thanks for receiving the Green Fellowship for the 2009-2010 academic year.
I am an Environmental Policy Master’s candidate here at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. After obtaining Bachelor’s degrees from UMCP in Animal Science and Ecology, I went to work as an environmental scientist at the water management firm, HydroLogics, Inc. During my tenure there I was involved in numerous water negotiations, where I would attempt to “translate” science for laymen stakeholders and policymakers. After a number of encounters with administrators who had no interest in connecting ecological principles to water use, I decided I needed more perspective into the policy realm. It is my intention to meld my hard science background with a better appreciation of policy perspectives and return to the field of resource negotiations - preferably on the public side.
As an undergraduate at UM I found the faculty and resources a cut above the rest, so it was natural for me to look towards the university again as I considered graduate work. With its proximity to DC, stellar faculty, and a wealth of research opportunities - Maryland was an easy choice for me. Complementing those strengths, the fact that I knew many current faculty members allowed me to draw together supplemental support for my first year at the university. As I resigned my former position to become a full-time student, this additional funding was intended to supplement my “grad school savings.” As the economic crunch hit the university though, I found my extra-departmental funding opportunities drying up. Thanks to the support of the Green Fellowship, I am able to cover my lost tuition remission and continue to focus full-time on my studies. I sincerely appreciate your support, and thank you both for myself and on behalf of an extremely grateful University of Maryland.