College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Policy

Additional research opportunities for exceptional students

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program is an exciting new opportunity for first- and second-year students with a demonstrated interest in environmental issues and cultural diversity to receive training, support, mentorship, and up to $10,000 over two years for paid research experiences and internships. Currently, three campuses support this program; applicants come from across the country:

NOAA / Hollings Undergraduate Scholaships

The NOAA/Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship. Applications are highly competitive and must be made through the National Scholarships Office.

RESESS - Research Experiences for Students in Solid Earth Sciences

The RESESS Internship is a multi-summer research experience located in Boulder, CO, that is dedicated to increasing diversity in the geosciences. RESESS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically under-represented in the Earth or environmental sciences, and from students who can demonstrate experience working towards raising awareness about the importance of the geosciences among broad or diverse segments of the population. RESESS is largely funded by the NSF, but (unlike the REU's above) can be a multi-summer experience beginning as early as sophomore year summer. Approximately 15 students participate each summer. Students majoring in geology, physical geography, or closely related topics are encouraged to apply. Biology students may also apply, provided they are willing to consider doing a research project that uses biology in the context of geology. Selected students receive:

  • Salary for eleven weeks
  • Round-trip airfare to Boulder, CO (the program's location)
  • A shared furnished apartment at no cost
  • A research experience in the geosciences/physics of the Earth/geomorphology/etc.
  • A writing course with training in presentation skills
  • Participation in a national science meeting
  • Scholarship money during the school year

Start planning in late Fall to take best advantage of this opportunity; ENSP students have participated in this program in the past. The application deadline is February 1 -- Go here for more information and to apply!

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