The Environmental Science Society is one of West Texas A&M University’s largest science organizations.
The Environmental Science Society sees between 20 to 30 members every year. Last year was its most successful year to date in terms of numbers. Membership is not limited to only students majoring in science.
“We don’t just have Environment Science majors, we have everybody,” said President Will Mimbs. “We currently have Biology, Geology, Wildlife, Psychology, Business, Art, and Music majors who are members.”
The Environmental Science Society offers various opportunities to its members.
“You get to go on trips,” said member Maria Pantazi. Pantazi is a senior double majoring in Biology and Environmental Science. “You get hands-on experience. You get to learn about subjects you had no idea about, and you get to hear different speakers.”
The Environmental Science Society assists the Boy Scouts of America in earning their Environmental Science merit badge. The event held also serves as a fundraiser for The Environmental Science Society and is the reason why the organization doesn’t require any dues to be paid.
Other trips the Environmental Science Society takes include a trip to Chaco Canyon, located in Nageezi, N.M. each year. The Environmental Science Society also takes students from Oakdale Elementary in Amarillo, on a trip to Palo Duro Canyon.
“I enjoy the trips and the speakers,” said Secretary Omar Lopez. “You can build up your resume and your experience.”
Another opportunity that is offered by the Environmental Science Society is an extensive review for members to receive their Certification Associate in Products Manager or also known as the CAPM exam.
“Environmental Science is a growing field,” said Pantazi. “You can build a support system. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can ask. Everyone is really friendly and no one is going to shut you down if you want to learn more. There’s plenty of opportunity to get involved.”
The Environmental Science Society meets every other Wednesday in room 212 in the ANS Building.