Brendan DeMelle | St. Lawrence University Environmental Studies

Brendan DeMelle

Brendan DeMelle
Class year: 
Environmental Studies and Sociology
Lakeville, CT

St. Lawrence’s double-major option, extensive study abroad program, and proximity to outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities in the Adirondack region were immediate attractions for Brendan. He had enjoyed Russian history and language classes in high school, and planned to major in Russian at St. Lawrence. He continued to study Russian at St. Lawrence, and spent a semester abroad at Yaroslavl State University in Russia during his junior year. However, he was quickly drawn to environmental studies and sociology classes, and chose to focus his double-major in those areas. “I can’t say enough about the quality of the instructors and the curriculum offerings in Environmental Studies. Much of the material I learned is directly relevant to my professional work, and I still reach for my ENVS class notebooks and texts often, twelve years after graduation.” In his senior year, he was invited by Professor Glenn Harris to participate in a research project on the impacts of the development of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project. The resulting paper was ultimately published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Rural History, and Brendan was a co-recipient of the Josephine G. Mentley/St. Lawrence and North Country Studies Award.