Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison jenny isler
Submission Date March 1, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Clark University
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Jenny Isler
Director of Sustainability
Physical Plant / Facilities
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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:

There are several:
1. The Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) program is a unique undergraduate-graduate-faculty experience that engages in research on human-environment relationships in Massachusetts. HERO Fellows conduct hands-on research under the mentorship of Clark University faculty. The research conducted by HERO Fellows often leads to scholarly publications, presentations at academic conferences across the USA, and awards and honors. This eight-week curriculum is sponsored by Clark University O'Connor Fund.

2. Albert, Norma and Howard Geller '77 Endowed Research Awards These awards support student-initiated research projects that advance our understanding of resource and environmental sustainability and practical improvements that can move society towards more sustainable outcomes.

3. NOAA Fellowships The George Perkins Marsh Institute announces a competitive internship program for Clark University undergraduate students interested in ocean, coastal and atmospheric research. This program is sponsored by the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the George Perkins Marsh Institute, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.

Through this program, scientists and managers with NOAA are partnering with Clark University to offer qualified undergraduate students paid summer field internships for summer 2016. Opportunities will be available in NOAA labs and offices nationwide, working in fields such as applied ocean and atmospheric science, policy, and science communication. Each student's summer activities will be overseen by a NOAA scientist or manager (henceforth, the NOAA supervisor), and advised by a Clark faculty mentor. Internships will be offered in natural and social sciences, and are for a period of approximately 10 weeks. Starting dates are flexible, but most internships will begin in June and end in August. Interns will be selected on a competitive basis, and will receive a summer stipend of $4500. We anticipate placing three interns from Clark during summer 2016. http://www.clarku.edu/departments/marsh/about/research.cfm#geller


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:

The Jeanne X. Kasperson Research Library is dedicated to higher learning and to supporting those who seek to expand their knowledge. The primary mission of the Library is to support Clark University's extensive environmental research programs. The Kasperson Research Library offers one of the most extensive collections in North America on environmental risk and hazards, environment and development and the human dimensions of global environmental change. In addition, the library's collection includes holdings in international development, water resources, technology, energy policy and sustainability. Over 35,000 books, technical reports and government documents make up the current collection. The library also receives journals and newsletters related to its areas of specialization as well as a number of other resources to aid in your research. Research conducted under the aegis of the George Perkins Marsh Research Institute, the School of Geography, and the Department of International Development, Community Planning and the Environment and many other departments make use of the Library. The Library is committed to serving the educational functions of the University and the broader community in order to further research related to sustainability and global environmental change, international development, and risk and hazards to society and the environment.


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