Ecological Sciences & Engineering
Reducing our ecologic footprint

Peace Corps Master’s International 

Purdue Graduate Student Experiences

Patrick Woodson

Patrick Woodson

Patrick completed a Master of Sciences (Thesis) and then joined the Peace Corps.

"One of my main projects is helping these groups utilize proper sustainable agriculture techniques such as low-cost gravity fed irrigation systems to help alleviate the reliance on rain-fed agriculture.  I can assure you my time spent with ESE has helped me tremendously."

Heather Pasley

Heather Pasley

Heather completed her Peace Corps Service and then joined Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary Graduate Program

“I spent my three years in Uganda as an instigator of innovation and development to help my neighbors, students and co-workers realize their potential and become leaders in their community.  I worked as a secondary school math/science teacher for my first two years and then constructed fuel-efficient cooking stoves during my one-year extension." These Uganda experiences had a profound impact on both my personal and professional development and inspired me to pursue a PhD in Ecological Science and Engineering with a focus on global food security in the Agronomy Department in Purdue University.

Peace Corps gave me the international experience and personal ambition needed to succeed in my research as a graduate student in the Ecological Science and Engineering Department at Purdue University.”

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