Opportunities - During the BA
Research Opportunities in the Department
Original research is a fundamental part of most careers in the Earth and Environmental Sciences. For many, an undergraduate research experience stimulates a deeper undertanding and appreciation for the pratice of science that forms a basis for future endeavors. Students are encouraged to do research with the faculty during the summer (funding is availble) and/or the school year (for credit). Talk to the faculty to see how you can be involved. Below are several standard avenues for funded summer research in E&ES:
- We are a member of the Keck Geology Consortium, which sponsors summer research around the world taught by consortium faculty. Applications due February 3, 2014, sophomore project due February 14, 2014
- We belong to the NASA CT Space Grant College Consortium. Undergradute research stipends and travel funds are available. Fall applications due February 4, 2014 at 2pm
- Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program, at Wesleyan provides mentoring and funding for students committed to earning the Ph.D. Applications due December 13, 2013
- McKenna Fellowship - applications due March 7
- James T. Gutmann Fellowship - nominated by the faculty, awardees announced in March
- College of the Environment Internships Applications due February 24
- Wesleyan Summer Program for Research in the Sciences Applications due March 7
- Ask the faculty about Wesleyan Student-Faculty Research Internships
Field methods are a fundamental skill to understand the Earth and our environment, and the department encourages E&ES students to attend field camp. Many field courses run by other universities can qualify for E&ES elective credit. Qualified courses must meet the following criteria:
- The course must be an upper level science course.
- The course must emphasize field methodology.
- The course must be a minimum of 4 credits.
- The course must be at least 3 weeks in duration.
Please check with your advisor or the chair to ensure that the courses you are considering will qualify for E&ES elective credit. Also, please be aware that Wesleyan will grant up to two credits from summer programs with a minimum grade of B-.
Funds are available to help defray the costs of field camp. If you would like to apply for these funds, please send an itemized budget to the Department Administrative Assistant and the Chair. The deadline for this is typically March 1 of the year.
Check websites or spreadsheet for application deadlines to a given field camp.
- Comprehensive Listing
- Helpful Fieldcamp Spreadsheet - search by various attributes (use right click or Save As to download).
Other Research Opportunities and Internships
- NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
- Student Conservation Association
- AGI Geoscience and Public Policy Internships
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- The School for Field Studies
- Monterey Bay Research Aquarium
- Geology of Connecticut
- CT DEP
- CT Geological Survey
- Geological Society of CT
- USGS Activities in CT
- Long Island Sound Study
- The Face of Connecticut by Michael Bell
- Society of Women Environmental Professionals - CT Chapter (SWEP)
- Environmental Professionals' Organization of Connecticut
- The Interstate Environmental Commission for NY/NJ/CT
- Connecticut Rivers Alliance
- Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
- University of Connecticut - Invasive Species Web Site
- Connecticut Economic Resource Center
- Connecticut Space Grant Consortium