International Education, Research, Scholarship, and Training

The Environmental Studies Department is extremely proud of the accomplishments and achievements of its students and faculty.

Student Opportunities for Study & Research Abroad

Opportunities for experiential learning is what sets our graduate programs apart from more traditional programs, reflecting our commitment to field-based collaborative research, teaching, and learning.

Field Study Trips

Field Study Trips offer students an exciting opportunity to study abroad and build collaborations with ecologists, conservationists, environmental educators, and environmental advocates from around the world.

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The Food System of Cuba: Implications for Environment, Livelihood and Food Security

Internships

Internships provide a great opportunity to travel and study abroad. Whether you learn sustainable farming practices in India, effective wildlife management in Kenya or community organizing in Uganda, each internship helps you develop practical and professional skills while expanding your cultural boundaries.

Erica Hermsen completed an internship with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, where she worked on planning and implementing a community-based conservation education program and game count analysis study. This internship eventually became her master's thesis.

Erica Hermsen completed an internship with Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, where she worked on
planning and implementing a community-based conservation education program and game count
analysis study. This internship eventually became her master’s thesis.

The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation

The Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation promotes the sustainable and just use of tropical ecosystems by training conservation leaders, conducting conservation research with partner organizations, and serving as an educational resource for the New England Community. CTEC operates in three main areas: Research, Education, and Student Support.

Adrienne Chitayat and Katelyn Frei went to Rwanda with Dr. Beth Kaplin to study nocturnal primates at Nyungwe National Park. Their thesis work is supported by CTEC through its annual student scholarship.

Adrienne Chitayat and Katelyn Frei went to Rwanda with Dr. Beth Kaplin to study nocturnal primates at Nyungwe National Park. Their thesis work is supported by CTEC through its annual student scholarship.

Master’s students are required to complete a capstone research project in one of the following ways: Master’s Thesis, Master’s Project, or Collaborative Service Initiative (CSI). Each of these options allows the student to develop her or his passion for a topic by exploring it in greater depth than course work or internships allow.

A doctoral student will complete a dissertation that may include international research.

JohnBosco Sumani (left), a Ford Foundation International Fellowship recipient, conducting interviews in Ghana for his thesis research

JohnBosco Sumani (left), a Ford Foundation International Fellowship recipient, conducting interviews in Ghana for his thesis research

Faculty Research and International Work

Environmental Studies Faculty and Staff are involved in a wide range of research and international work. For more information, see the faculty bios.