Monterey Institute student Jessica “Jessy” Bradish (MAIEP/MBA ’13) received the 2013 Student Innovator Award at the Monterey Bay Regional Business Plan Competition last Friday. ”Winning the Student Innovator Award was a wonderful culmination of my joint Masters in International Environmental Policy and Business Administration,” says Jessy.
Monterey Institute Experts, Including a Student, in the Spotlight After Boston Bombings, Ricin Letters
When the world woke up Friday morning to the news that the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were from Chechnya, reporters were sent scrambling for experts on both terrorism and the Caucasus region. And that search quickly led them to the experts—and students—associated with Monterey Institute’s unique Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies (NPTS) program.
“Tierra de Agua,” a new documentary by three Monterey Institute Public Administration students, Cristina Lopez (MPA ’13), Manuel Martinez (MPA ’13) and Richard Hansen (MPA ’13), explores the different existing dimensions (rural, urban and indigenous) in the struggle for access to water and sanitation in Nicaragua, and the historic, economic and institutional implications of that access through the lenses of the people living it daily. It was premiered on Friday, April 19th in the Irvine Auditorium as part of student-driven activities during the week leading up to Earth Day on Ap
Spring Break @MIIS, Part II: Students Explore Potential Career Paths in Washington D.C. and Silicon Valley
During spring break 2013, the Center for Advising and Career Services organized popular trips to Washington D.C and Silicon Valley, as well as adding their services to a trip to New York planned by Professor Ed Laurance. The focus was on careers, with targeted visits to organizations and companies linked to the career interests of students, and visits with alumni established in their chosen fields.
The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the first global conventional arms treaty on April 2, 2013. This is the first time the world’s nations have come to agreement on a legally binding international treaty regulating trade in conventional weapons (there are already treaties regulating nuclear as well as chemical and biological weapons). The treaty is being hailed as historic for pioneering elements such as linking sales to the human rights records of buyers.
Three students from the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program are making a documentary about clean water issues in Nicaragua. Manuel Martinez, Richard Hansen and Cristina Lopez partnered together as the H2Nica team to meet the people of Nicaragua and explore their struggle to have clean water in one of the world's most water-rich countries.
The Monterey Institute Career Fair, organized by the Center for Advising and Career Services, has turned breaking records into a habit. After setting a new record for employer participation last year, the fair this year smashed the record for number of job interviews for students and alumni seeking employment. “The employer response to Career Fair 2013 shows not only the market need, but also the quality and popularity of our students and graduates,” says Career and Academic Advisor Jeff Wood.
Jenifer Carter’s parents, both returned Peace Corps Volunteers and educators, instilled a sense of curiosity about the world and other cultures in Jenifer (MATESOL ’97) and her four brothers. “They encouraged us to travel and see as much of the world as we could,” Jenifer says, adding that she was first really bitten by the travel bug when she participated in a high school exchange program in France.
For many students at the Monterey Institute, the annual career fair comes at the end of an intense month of workshops and training to prepare for taking the next step on the road to their dream career. Students polish their resumes and practice their “90-second pitch” before meeting with potential employers.
Lovely Umayam (MANPTS '13 and Gard 'n' Wall Scholar) won first prize and was awarded $5,000 in the Innovation in Arms Control Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. Members of the public were invited to submit innovative approaches to using commonly available technologies to support arms control policy efforts, and the competition drew more than 500 submissions.