Undergraduate Alumni – Nicholas School Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Alumni

“The scientific training and the willingness of faculty to welcome undergraduate students into their labs were critical to nurturing my love for science and bolstering my early career achievements. I would recommend a major in the Nicholas School to any Duke undergraduate with a passion for science.”


Alex Robel, T’10, BS Earth & Ocean Sciences; BA, Physics, minor in Math

Erica Blyther, AB Environmental Science & Policy, ‘98 “I’m currently an Environmental Supervisor II and really enjoy my job…The coursework at Duke was great and prepared me in core science and the ways that environmental policy is made.”


Erica Blyther, AB Environmental Science & Policy, ‘98
Environmental Supervisor II, City of Los Angeles/Los Angeles World Airports

“The Nicholas School gave me the foundation upon which I’ve built my career, instilling in me an endless curiosity about the natural world. Questions I first began asking back then continue to inspire my day-to-day experience as a scientist and an advocate for the marine environment.”


Kevin He, BS Environmental Science ‘13
Economics Associate, Oceana Inc.

“The Earth & Ocean Sciences major in Duke’s Nicholas School is where I found confidence and passion to pursue my career…The mentoring I received (and continue to receive) has been invaluable.”


Maiana Hanshaw, BS Earth & Ocean Sciences ‘06
Severe Weather Forecaster, Center for Severe Weather Research

“The Nicholas School and the Duke Marine Lab provided me with the educational foundation and mentorship to pursue my dream of becoming an oceanographer.”


Pincelli Hull, BS Earth & Ocean Sciences, BS Biology (Marine Biology) ‘99
Assistant Professor, Yale University

Jared Smith, AB Environmental Science & Policy '09 Distributed Energy Resources Consultant, PA Consulting Group “I have always loved the multidisciplinary focus of the environmental field, and the Nicholas School fosters this wonderful focus on global, cross-industry thinking that accelerates the passions its students bring to its classrooms.”


Jared Smith, AB Environmental Science & Policy ’09
Distributed Energy Resources Consultant, PA Consulting Group