Institute for the Environment & Sustainability
at Miami University
Student Profile: Kate Ceronie (Class of 2012)
- English literature major with a co-major in environmental science
- minor in urban and regional planning
- from Oxford, OH
"When I started at Miami as a freshman, I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to major in. I knew I was good at science and that I loved literature, so I planned to major in zoology and minor in English. By the end of my sophomore year, I could tell that zoology wasn't right for me, so I changed my focus to environmental science.
"Since the co-major requires students to have another major, my first thought was to add literature. That summer, I took an English class to sort of test out whether I really wanted to be an English major. I loved the class, and so I started my junior year as an English lit major with an environmental science co-major."
Research on Environmental Literature
"As I continued with my double major, I became interested in research, and my advisor helped me figure out a way to do research that combined my two majors.
"In the summer of 2011, I participated in Miami's Undergraduate Summer Scholars program, doing research on environmental literature. I focused on the history of environmental literature, and looked at how the writing of authors like Emerson and Thoreau, who are generally classified within the realm of literature, had an effect on the American environmental movement.
"I'm continuing this project by doing independent studies through the school year. Although I'm still researching environmental literature, I'm focusing more on the issues of national parks and how wilderness is classified and protected in national parks.
"I will finish by turning my research into a thesis for University Honors Program Honors with Distinction and English Departmental Honors."
Shaping Sustainable Communities
"I 've also been involved in Athletes in Action, Circle K, and College Democrats. I was a member of the Wilks Leadership Institute's Shaping Sustainable Communities cohort, a two-year program during which I worked on projects such as planning for sustainable development in Oxford and proposing plans for ecological restoration at the new Talawanda High School."
Work with Special Collections
"One of my favorite experiences has been working in Special Collections at King Library. I started out as a volunteer, but ended up getting hired as a student employee. Besides doing normal library tasks like shelving books, I've transcribed the minutes of weekly faculty meetings, beginning in the 1820s. I've transcribed the minutes up until the late 1890s, and it's been a great way to learn about Miami history!"