Maria Shamim is the recipient of the 2023 James D. Leslie Graduate Award. Maria completed the Master of Environment and Business (MEB) in Spring of 2022 with exceptional grades and a rewarding career as a research analyst. Her responsibilities include developing environmental, social, and governance (ESG), climate, and biodiversity education programs for corporate board of directors and business leaders from around the world.
Maria believes “an online degree is an excellent option for busy professionals who want to progress in their careers or switch careers.” She advises prospective students to “give your best in every situation. Hard work and perseverance will always pay off, even if you may not think so at times.”
In her application Maria wrote "I value my academic accolades deeply and I will work hard every day to give back, in whatever little way I can, to make this world a better place for humans and non-humans alike."