Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.29
Liaison Olivia Shehan
Submission Date Aug. 18, 2011
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Wellesley College
ER-18: Sustainability Research Incentives

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 6.00 / 6.00 Patrick Willoughby
Sustainability Director
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Does the institution have a program to encourage student sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage student research in sustainability:

The following sustainability-focused courses require students to participate in research. The topics of student research varies, and students work may work independently as well as in groups depending on the class.

ES101 Fundamentals of Environmental Science with Lab.
ES203 Cultures of Environmentalism
ES250 Research or Individual Study
ES299 U.S. Environmental History
ES350 Research or Individual Study
ES300 Environmental Decisionmaking
ES312 Seminar: Environmental Policy
ES381 US Environmental Politics
ES315 Environmental Geochemistry with Laboratory
ECON228 Environmental and Resource Economics

Students undertaking a thesis and/or 300-level independent study projects may apply to the Environmental Studies Program for funds up to $350 per semester. In order to receive funds, students must submit a detailed budget to the Program Director, who will bring it to the ES Advisory Faculty for approval.

The ES Program also supports a summer student to work on a faculty-led project at the intersection of environmental studies fields (humanities, social sciences, sciences) with an interdisciplinary group of professors. Interested professors will collaborate to develop a multi/cross-disciplinary summer project, which they will propose to the ES Advisory Faculty. Once a project is selected and approved, a call for applications will be made to ES students, typically in late February. While this is primarily a faculty-led program, it is possible for students to approach professors with an idea in the fall and gauge their interest in pursuing the project.

Additionally, the Environmental Studies Program encourages students to take part in conferences and other events related to their academic work in environmental studies. To support such initiatives, the program will fund student registration fees for conferences up to $50. There are several limits to this program: students must take advantage of early registration discounts; funding is limited to one conference per year; support is limited to students majoring or minoring in Environmental Studies and first year students intending to major or minor in ES. In some cases, the program may make exceptions to the above stipulations.

The website URL where information about the student research program is available:
Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty sustainability research that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of the institution’s program(s) to encourage faculty research in sustainability:

The College's Sustainability Certificate Program (a joint program with Babson and Olin Colleges) has funding available (including an innovation fund) for faculty to develop cross-campus programs.

The website URL where information about the faculty research program is available:

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