Comments from REM alumni

“When I was considering schools and programs for my Masters degree, REM appealed to me because of its interdisciplinary nature, the ability to do Co-ops at a Masters level, its track record of employment of graduates, and its reputation among resource managers I met before applying to REM.”

“Now that I’m almost finished: I learned marketable, applied skills and theories (much more so than I think I would have in a more traditional, single-focus Masters degree. I don’t think I need more schooling to attain the type of employment I want, and I feel well-grounded in several aspects of natural resource management (i.e. not only in my 699 research…I do not feel like I am limited to employment in the field of my 699 project).”

“I found out about REM via a past graduate from the program. Through frequent discussion with this graduate and others I met, I found out that REM was a wonderful learning environment that afforded its students opportunities that I did not see in other resource management programs. Students in REM get practical training, learn from top academics, and often work in areas where decisions are made and management ideas are put into practice.”

“The REM environment is wonderfully challenging. The faculty and staff are extremely open and supportive of all students, not just those they supervise. My peers in REM are friendly, extremely supportive and seem like a happy extended family. Though REM is changing and has changed rather dramatically in the last few years, I think the change has been good. The direction that REM is choosing to grow in will continue to make it a world class training center. I highly recommend it!”

“Academically it seemed like an ideal setting for me to tie together, or at least continue pursuing, some diverse personal interests and experiences including backcountry recreation, contaminated sites remediation, and international development. Above all I looked forward to the exchange of perspectives between students from different academic, professional and geographic backgrounds. I had high expectations of the students that I would study with here, as students and friends, and those expectations have been exceeded. I also have a new appreciation for academia - I have learned way more already than I thought I would.”

“What really impressed me about REM was its interdisciplinary approach - a refreshing change after engineering! It’s a unique opportunity to get really applied, really pertinent information about a number of different disciplinary approaches to resource management all in one–looking at the social, planning, ecological, management, and institutional aspects of specific issues.”

“I wanted more emphasis on courses than on a thesis. The course intensive program ensures that you really benefit from the expertise available in the school, involving more professor - student contact than other schools. I wanted to learn from somebody who knew what they were talking about, not just read books on my own for a typical thesis.”

“I decided to apply to REM because it is an interdisciplinary and applied program; it gives you a multidisciplinary perspective on a great number of resource management issues, and the diversified course schedule provides you with a broad basis and overview. I think that this is particularly necessary in this day and age, where you have to be flexible and adaptable if you want to get a job, and you want to be successful in what you are doing.”

“REM faculty are very well connected, and even many REM students are. I particularly enjoy the inspiring atmosphere in the department, where students exchange research ideas and results in lab groups, help each other out with class projects…and, last but not least, enjoy each others’ company on ski trips, at potluck dinners, or at the bar…”

“I decided to choose the REM graduate program because it is inter-disciplinary. I was afraid of becoming over-specialized in an area whereas resource management is a multi-disciplinary science. It is the only program I found that emphasized the importance of getting knowledge in many areas in order to get a full understanding of environmental issues.”