My name is Natalie Ephraim and I graduated from the EMAP program in May 2020. I began the program directly after earning my BS in Biochemistry from Rowan University. I had very little background in environmental policy but the EMAP program got me up to speed effectively.
During my internship with the EPA, I was able to participate in the risk assessment process in the Office of Research and Development. This opportunity, paired with EMAP’s intensive curriculum, equipped me for environmental policy work in both the public and private sectors. Straight out of the EMAP program I put my scientific and regulatory skills to use as an Environmental Scientist with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources where I was responsible for the State’s compliance with local and federal air regulations. I currently work as a Chemical Management Analyst with DuPont where I use my risk assessment and environmental regulatory experience gained from the EMAP program to support TSCA compliance within the corporation.
An aspect of EMAP that I appreciate is that my fellow students and I entered the program from diverse educational backgrounds. We were able to work together and learn from each other as much as we learned from our world class professors and mentors. I have brought this eagerness for collaboration with me into my professional career. My advice to incoming students is to remember why the work you do is important to you. This program will have you reaching for the stars, so keep your sights on not only your education and career
goals but also what motivates you.