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IN THE LAB

Undergrad Research

Most of our environmental studies students are actively engaged in a research or field study project each semester.  Whether in state-of-the-art facilities on campus, with the Finger Lakes Institute or with local environmental organizations, these students are getting the hands-on experience that makes them stand out in the job market.

Student grant opportunities are available to Environmental Studies majors at HWS.

New Spring 2014: The Carver and DeLaney Family Environmental Studies Endowment seeks to encourage and support student sustainability projects on the Hobart and William Smith campus and in local communities. Grant funding (up to $1000) can be used toward supplies, materials and travel expenses. Students must obtain a staff or faculty project advisor. Awards are determined by the Office of Sustainability, in consultation with the Finger Lakes Institute, Environmental Studies program, and others on campus. Awards are based on criteria such as: anticipated impact on campus and/or local community sustainability efforts, student and project support by advising faculty/staff, and feasibility of the project.
Guidelines for Proposals

The Environmental Research Fund supports environmental research projects in the amount of $250 - $1,000, which can be used for supplies, materials and travel expenses. Students enrolled in ENV 450 Independent Study or ENV 300/301 Senior Integrative Experience may apply. Early Career students are also encouraged to apply for this fund. Selection will be based on criteria such as: relevance to environmental studies, student motivation, preference to students early in their careers, feasibility of the project and student academic record. The Selection Committee is made up of both students and faculty.
Guidelines for Proposals

The Kloman Fellowship Fund is designed to underwrite Hobart or William Smith student research projects about whales and the natural environment up to $1,000, which may be used for supplies, materials, travel and living expenses. Students work with a faculty sponsor. Selection is determined by the Kloman Fund Selection Committee and is based on criteria such as: relevance to Kloman's interests, student motivation, feasibility of the project and the student's academic record.
Guidelines for Proposals

Here's a recent sampling of what some of our students are working on:

  • Joel Andruski '11: CITY OF GENEVA, NY GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORY 2009 - PDF
  • Sarah Bates '11: The Externalities of Finger Lakes Wine - PDF
  • William Greer '11 and Jacob Schreiber '11: Waste Water Treatment in Geneva, New York: The consequences on human life and the environment - PDF
  • Katelyn Zatwarnicki '11: Ecological Restoration of Seneca Lake State Park - PDF , Presentation PDF
  • Timothy Kamanga '13 and Alessandro Valle '11: HWS 10% & 10%: Using Social Networking to Begin Increasing Student Awareness and Involvement - PDF
  • Mark Vogelgesang '08: Costs of Sustainability at HWS with Professor Drennen, Hobart and William Smith Colleges - PDF
  • Charlotte McIntosh & Kara Horton '07: Recycling at HWS: An action plan for change with Professor Wibiralske, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

  • Aeron Hurley '07: New York State Wind ENergy Information Collaborative, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Group SIE Project Fall 2006: Ethanol Fessibility Study, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Caitlin Rogers '05: Got Varves? Reconstruction Holocene Climate Change in Seneca Lake, New York, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Sylvan Bonsignore Burch '05: Future Full-Scale Composting Facility at HWS with Professor Wibiralske, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Marissa Madej '05: Evaluation of Evasive Species in the Finger Lakes, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • John Riina '05: Odell's Pond Hydrogeochemistry, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Group SIE Project Fall 2005: Finger Lakes National Forest Management Plan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Tara Hintz '04: Water Quality Survey of the Keuka Outlet, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Shannon Phillips '04: Regional Economic Analysis of the Finger Lakes Region: Input-Output Approach, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Andy Baker '04: Evidence for Multiple Highstands and Lowstands during the Holocene in Seneca Lake, New York, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Group SIE Project Fall 2004: Composting at HWS, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Sonya Smith '03: Regulation and Monitoring of Water Resources, Falmouth, Cape Cod, MA, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Rob Stewart '03: Salinity Diffusion Fluxes Through the Sediment in Seneca Lake, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Amber Beutel '02: Having Your Fish and Eating Them Too: An economic analysis of fisheries management, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Sandy Baldwin '02: Chlorophyll-a Patchiness in Seneca Lake, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Lindsey Paige Bowser '02: Nitrates in the Seneca Lake Watershed, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Molly Etherington '02: Sediment Controls on the Distribution of Zebra and Quagga Mussels and Diporeia in Lake Ontario, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

 

Get Involved


CLUBS

The Campus Greens is a student-run organization that may be of interest to students studying environmental science.

For more information about these organizations or to learn about starting your own environmentally-themed club, contact Cully Seamans (seamans@hws.edu) in the Office of Student Activities.