At the University of South Carolina, we apply what we learn in class to the research we conduct in the lab and in the field. We gain new perspectives from the world around us as we share our experiences in community service projects. We solve problems in new and creative ways. See how we connect.

LESLEY JOSEPH, a civil and environmental engineering major in the Class of 2011, added a minor in environmental studies to his major because he feels it's important to be a good steward of the planet even as mankind progresses.

The minor, and his extensive research work, have given him a broader perspective. As he explains it, his major teaches him to create and manage new structures while his other studies show him how those creations affect the environment and, ultimately, humankind.

Lesley, who won a Udall Scholarship in the environmental careers category, has researched topics like climate change vulnerability, worked on a service project at Green Quad's educational organic garden, and founded USC's chapter of Engineers Without Borders. He feels fortunate to have chosen a university "that has the kind of community and the kind of people that have allowed me to connect that love for others with an actual, useable education to produce something that we can all benefit from."

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