College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Education, Experience, Excellence for the 21st Century

Science and Engineering Fellows Program Providing students from under-represented populations with interdisciplinary experience addressing real-world challenges


The application deadline for Engineering students has been extended to
Friday, March 23, 2018

Recognizing a need to foster the development of research skills in students from underrepresented cultural backgrounds, the College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) and the College of Engineering (EGR) partnered in 2012 to create the Science and Engineering Fellows Program for students (in these majors).

Our goal is to have students leave the Science & Engineering Fellows Program more prepared to enter the job market with the professional skills and training needed to succeed. Students also help to advance the research of their faculty and staff mentors while gaining invaluable experience.


For questions, e-mail
Michelle Fontes-Barros at

Who should apply?

Interested students in College of the Environment and Life Sciences and Engineering that are enrolled full-time through December of the program year are encouraged to apply. Those students who demonstrate communication skills, work well with others, and express a willingness to engage in current research topics will be selected. 

When does the program start and how often do students work?

Selected Fellows will start in May 2018 and work 30 hours per week until mid-August. Fellows are paid hourly and on-campus housing provided for students with demonstrated need. Students work individually or on a team with CELS or Engineering faculty and staff mentors. Fellows also engage in professional development trainings and team building exercises during the summer.

During the Fall semester, Fellows enroll in a 2-credit course, EVS 366 “Communicating Environmental Research and Outreach”. The course culminates in the preparation of an academic poster celebration in December. 

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