Three New Annual Awards for Master of Bioenvironmental Monitoring & Assessment Students
In 2021, faculty in the Masters in Bioenvironmental Monitoring and Assessment (M.BEMA) program established three awards to celebrate students for their achievements in academics and contributions to environmental sector organizations.
The inaugural recipients of the awards are Kim Teager, Autumn Jordan and Sarah Thompson.
Kim Teager received the Outstanding Student Award, recognizing her academic excellence across all eight of M.BEMA’s online courses and the capstone course, as well as her performance at her placement with Parks Canada, where she worked as a resource management officer in the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.
The Award for Leadership Excellence went to Autumn Jordan for achieving academic excellence while demonstrating leadership as the M.BEMA representative with the Trent Graduate Studies Association. Autumn completed her placement as a conservation coordinator with Nature Canada, where she wrote several news articles for the charity, such as this one on swallow conservation.
Sarah Thompson, recipient of the Placement Excellence Award, was recognized for her outstanding achievements in her placement with Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA). She contributed research to several projects at the NVCA, including updating GIS mapping of natural land cover and water features, analysis of stream health, and improving the Conservation Ontario Climate Change Vulnerability Tool for NVCA’s watersheds.
All three students received contract extensions from their placement organizations, along with many other graduates of the M.BEMA program, which is a testament to their outstanding placement performances and the value of the M.BEMA program to community partners.
About Trent University’s Master of Bioenvironmental Monitoring and Assessment Program
Established in 2018, the M.BEMA program aims to train the next generation of environmental professionals in the rigorous survey and evaluation of our natural world. Students complete online coursework for eight months, after which they enter a 15-week professional placement and in-person capstone course at Trent’s Symon’s campus in Peterborough.
Posted on October 14, 2021