John Steponick, M.S. Student, Disaster Science & Management
M.S. Student, Disaster Science & Management
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
John Steponick is a first-year Masters student in the Disaster Science and Management program. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and completed his undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University, earning a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences with a minor in Environmental Science. At Ohio State, he founded Students For Refugees, an award-winning student organization with the mission of helping the Columbus-area refugee community through advocacy, tutoring children of refugee families, teaching E.S.L. courses, hosting collection/donation drives, and assisting with new-arrival apartment move-ins. During undergrad, Steponick also accepted an NSF-REU internship at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, where he completed his project titled "Effects of riparian vegetation and meteorological components on stream microclimates and juvenile snook habitat". This experience introduced him to the world of research, and he is really looking forward to how the Disaster Science and Management program develops his skills as a researcher, as well as a person. He has strong interests in climate change and modern domestic and international politics, He is a loyal Cleveland sports fan, loves to play ice hockey, and is a karaoke-enthusiast!
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