Undergraduate research

Undergraduate sustainability research

Undergraduate sustainability students

Start early. It’s never too soon to get involved in research on campus – even as a first-year student in the sustainability degree program. In fact, the earlier you start, the further you can go. Some School of Sustainability students have even co-authored published articles with faculty members! Here are some tips and resources to get you started.

School of Sustainability students interested in getting involved in research should participate in the Sustainability Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program.

In addition to participating in SURE, here are some tips and resources to get you started.

  • Network early, network often. Contact sustainability scientists and faculty directly, explain why their project interests you and share that you are looking for opportunities to get involved. Get to know your professors, and help them get to know you. You will be glad you did when it comes time to ask for letters of recommendation for graduate school, or for an introduction to a potential mentor.
  • Talk with the School of Sustainability’s Assistant Director of Internships and Experiential Education, Student Engagement Coordinator, or your academic advisor.
  • You may be able to earn credit for participating in a research experience (advanced approval is required). Discuss an upcoming opportunity with your advisor as soon as possible to ensure you know how it will complement your green degree.
  • Get involved with sustainability internships, study abroad possibilities, green student organizations and other activities. Getting involved will not only enrich your college experience, but will help form friendships that may lead to research partnerships.

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