The Coastal and Environmental Fellowship program provides URI undergraduate students with opportunities to participate in ongoing environmental research, education, or public outreach programs designed to address current environmental and/or societal issues.
Much of the research and outreach taking place today is at the cutting edge of the application of science to the improvement of the world’s health, agricultural and natural resource systems. Typically, this research happens in specialized laboratory, professional, and field settings that are removed from undergraduate classroom teaching.
Environmental and societal issues are complex. They demand expert problem solvers, adept at addressing emerging problems and implementing programs that draw on a range of disciplines and technologies. This requires skills acquired through both classroom/lab and research experience. The Coastal and Environmental Fellowship Program bridges these two worlds to maximize opportunities for students by better preparing them to enter the job market with the industry training and professional skills needed to succeed.
Why become a Coastal and Environmental Fellow?
- Gain experience in your field of study
- Participate in environmental research
- Get hands-on experience in the ultimate outdoor classroom
- Present YOUR research at a scientific poster symposium
- Network, Network, Network!
Fellowship Term, Academic Credits and Stipend:
- Fellowship runs from mid-May through to mid-December
- 20-40 hours per week during the summer, receiving a stipend
- 10 hours per week during the fall term, receiving up to 3 academic credit hours (based on research availability)
- Fall Semester take a 2-credit class: EVS 366 – Communicating Environmental Research and Outreach
- Preparation and formal presentation of a scientific research poster reporting on the work during the fellowship.
“Classroom experience and knowledge are important but mean hardly anything unless one can apply them in a real atmosphere to see results"
“I can finally utilize some of the knowledge I have so painstakingly acquired in my classes in a real-world situation. The ability to improvise and solve problems is important. I wish all my learning experiences could be as enjoyable and productive.”