Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.39
Liaison Laura Draucker
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Amherst College
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Laura Draucker
Director of Sustainability
Office of Environmental Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
Yes

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The Environmental Studies department offers funding to senior majors to conduct research leading into a thesis topic.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows program offers summer funding and guidance for a 8-10 week research project to students studying science.

The Office of Environmental Sustainability hosts summer research internships to explore projects related to campus and community sustainability.


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
No

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:
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Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Our research librarians and academic technology specialists are available to provide resources to faculty and students. One recent example is the use of GIS in a final project for students in a course on climate change. The technology specialists provided students with training to use GIS to map a wide range of climate impacts, from solar deployment to deforestation.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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