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Jessie Mee MS '09

Meet the Students

"Bard CEP gave me the knowledge and opportunities to build a career in the field of international development. In fact, my internship led directly to my current position with UNDP as a technical advisor in its global Ecosystems and Biodiversity team. Every day in my work I apply the skills that I gained from CEP. Reflecting back on my unique multidisciplinary education at Bard, I realize that I am truly indebted to the passionate and dedicated CEP team."

Jessie Mee is from Massapequa New York and graduated from Bard in 2009. She now serves as a Technical Advisor on the Ecosystems and Biodiversity team at the UNDP. Jessie's Master's Project was on "Valuing Select Nonmarketed Forest Products in the Western Balkans: A Meta-Analysis Approach."


Class field trip to Tivoli Bays
Situated on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, with majestic views of the Catskills and access to an array of park preserves and hiking trails, Bard College is an ideal location to explore the abundant natural and cultural offerings of the Hudson Valley. Our campus is located between New York City and Albany, with Amtrak service providing access to the College. The countryside surrounding Bard is dotted with vibrant cities, towns, and small villages dating to the 17th and 18th centuries. Hudson, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, Tivoli, and Rhinebeck together provide a diversity of experiences, year-round festivals, farmers' markets, and shopping. Local theaters, night spots, music venues, and fine restaurants offer a vibrant nightlife for students.

Bard College

Bard College is located on the banks of the Hudson River, about 90 miles north of New York City in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. A hallmark of education at Bard is the intensive interaction between students and faculty through small seminars, tutorials, and independent project work. Bard College’s 1000-acre campus is conveniently located to take full advantage of the resources and experiences available in the Hudson Valley and New York City. With its undergraduate liberal arts curriculum, graduate programs, Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, and Levy Economics Institute, Bard also provides endless opportunities for intellectual stimulation and cultural enrichment.  VIEW MORE >>

Recreation and Cultural Life in the Hudson Valley

The Bard campus borders Tivoli Bays, a 1,700-acre tidal marsh that is part of the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, a New York State Wildlife Management Area. Students can explore the wetlands of Tivoli Bays by kayak or canoe. Area parks and trail systems provide opportunities for hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking. 

The Hudson Valley is an abundant agricultural area, supplying produce, wines, and farm products to New York City and local farm stands and farmers’ markets. Scenic trails furnish further opportunities for outdoor exploration by boat or on foot in the adjacent nearshore shallows. VIEW MORE >>

Civic Engagement

The recipient of a $60 million gift from the Open Society Foundations in recognition of its global involvement, Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement supports, coordinates, and promotes the wide array of initiatives that define Bard as a private institution in the public interest.

A number of Bard projects and centers are affiliated with the Center for Civic Engagement, including the Hannah Arendt Center, Human Rights Project, Institute for International Liberal Education, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City, and Institute for Writing and Thinking.

Research Institutions

In addition to being a designated site for the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Bard campus is also home to the environmental research institute Hudsonia, Ltd. and the Bard College Field Station. Their researchers take advantage of the unique ecology that harbors more than 200 species of fish and many thousands of plants, animals, and microbes. 

The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies (CIES) in nearby Millbrook, New York, is an internationally known research facility where collaborative inquiry unravels the complexity of ecosystem processes more readily and comprehensively than individual efforts. Bard College and the Center have established a formal partnership with the CIES, facilitating teaching and research exchanges for both faculty and students.
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