Environment Center Scholars Program

What is it?  

A summer opportunity to work on an environmental research or community project with a faculty member.   

Who can apply? 

Any current student who is interested in environmental studies, in any major, and  a continuing student 

What topics could I work on? 

Faculty and students will be paired based on mutual interest determined from the applications.  Projects can be on a variety of topics that may or may not be tied to the Environment Center location. In the past students have worked on: 

  • Wetland restoration
  • Carbon storage in local forests
  • Critical Zone
  • Conservation of a locally endangered plant
  • Greening transportation and parking
  • Stormwater management
  • Urban heat island effects
  • Wildlife ecology in suburban landscapes
  • Soil Ecology
  • Impacts of environmental restoration on biodiversity

Why should I apply? 

  • To take a deep dive into an environmental topic, gain professional experience, and to be part of an intellectually curious group of environmental enthusiasts. 
  • To help refine your interests, knowledgebase, and skills in Environmental Issues
  • To help distinguish yourself after Roanoke. 

How to apply? 

  • Complete the application and email it as an attachement to environmentcenter@roanoke.edu  by 5 PM on the Friday before spring break. 
  • Follow the directions on the application.
  • Faculty will evaluate applications and match student interests with opportunities.  

More Details? 

  • The dates and amount of work per week will depend on the needs of the project and the faculty member.  
  • Students will be able to stay on campus during their program for no cost.
  • Depending on funding, stipends may be available for students. 
  • Can be combined with a Summer Scholars or Fowler Scholars application. 
  • Got a Question? Ask any of us: Drs. Collins, Hartman, O’Neill or Peters


Be an Environment Center Scholar

     student doing a soil core

    Environment Center Open House

    We invite the college community of students, staff, and faculty to visit and learn about The Environment Center (EC) at this open house event. 

    Learn more

    Date | Time: Friday, March 31, 2023 | 2:30 PM
    Location: The Environment Center on Kime Lane on Elizabeth Campus