Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.03
Liaison Caroline Bruno
Submission Date May 28, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Williams College
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 4.00 Sarah Gardner
Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Studies
Center for Environmental Studies
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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:

Each summer the Center for Environmental Studies offers funding to support student projects including scholarly research, career-related internships, and creative endeavors. All Williams students are eligible to apply for CES funding, regardless of major, concentration, or year(graduating seniors are not eligible). All proposals must demonstrate an environmental component, although our interpretation of “environmental” is broad.


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 library supports the Environmental Studies curriculum and provides considerable resources about sustainability. Subscriptions include:

Environment Abstracts
Sustainability Science Abstracts
Applied Science and Technology Abstracts

The Williams College Library also subscribes to many other abstract services for the social sciences that provide access to policy studies about sustainability, energy, pollution, and environmental topics.

The book collection continues to grow and contains hundreds of books about various aspects of sustainability. The Williams College Library is also a federal depository library and collect U.S. government documents about a wide range of issues including the environment and sustainability. The library also belong to two library resource sharing consortia, NExpress and the Boston Library Consortium which, together with traditional interlibrary loan, greatly expand access to research material.

Just as importantly, the Williams College Library provides in-person and remote research assistance to students, faculty and staff. Its information literacy efforts include working with CES and other faculty to better prepare students to do research and evaluate sources.


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