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PSRF Application Process

The 2019-2020 President's Sustainability Research Fellowship: Information for Prospective Students

The President’s Office, the Office of Sustainability, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility invite students to apply for this one-year, high-impact learning program. Applications are due by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, March 20.


A total time commitment of 10 - 15 hours per week is expected from the Fellows. This work includes :

  • Two semesters and two credits of coursework through ENVS 050, taught by an Environmental Studies Faculty with support from the Director of Sustainability 
  • Weekly meetings with a staff mentor, plus additional meetings as required by the project
  • Meetings every two to three weeks with a faculty mentor in a specific discipline
  • Advising from either an alumni or a consultant in the field of work of the project
Research Project Topics

Possible research project areas:

  • Athletics: Greening Garnet
  • Campus Community Connections: Building Relationships and Sustainability in Chester
  • Campus Community Connections: Building Relationships and Sustainability in the Ville
  • Carbon Charge: Pricing Carbon and Protecting Our Climate
  • Crum Woods: Steadying Our Woods & Engaging Our Community
  • Food & Dining: Increasing Health & Sustainability in Our Food System
  • Building Energy Efficiency: Projects & Policies for Power Over Ethernet Lighting
  • Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment and Rating System: Measuring Sustainability
  • Renewables: Increasing Renewable Energy on Campus
  • Transportation: Developing Sustainable Transportation on Campus
  • Zero Waste: Developing a Circular Economy & Transforming Our Relationship with Stuff
  • Social Sustainability: Program for Environmental Justice
  • Curriculum: Infusing Sustainability Throughout Teaching & Learning
  • Environmental Justice: Raising Awareness & Fostering Change