Melissa White '13

Silent Spring Institute - Newton, MA
Major: Chemistry

As a summer intern for Silent Spring Institute, I was exposed to the field of environmental health as it exists in the world of scientists, physicians, activists, and public health advocates. Working at Silent Spring was a unique experience in that it taught me how to think like an environmental scientist; I learned how knowledge gained in the classroom can translate into solving current problems vexing our world. Sometimes this meant analyzing data collected in a study about indoor air pollution, looking at the chemical structures of optical brighteners, or helping a group of motivated high school interns to develop a project of their own. The multifaceted approach taken by Silent Spring to progress in the field of environmental health is inspirational to me as an aspiring public health scientist and the experience of working with all of their talented staff has undoubtedly helped to shape my future in the field.