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Environmental Studies

Research Opportunities

At Hamilton, student research is an essential part of the academic experience. It enables you to integrate what you have learned in the classroom into a broad, authoritative understanding of your field and its applications to real-world problems and issues. Environmental studies offers a broad range of research options, including field work and laboratory work, carried out independently or in collaboration with a faculty member.

Those majors who choose the natural sciences track have opportunities to join a fascinating variety of research outings. In recent years, students and professors in the geosciences have conducted expeditions not only to Antarctica but to Hawaii, Iceland, the Florida Keys, Colorado, the Pacific Northwest and the European Alps. They also do regular field work in Central New York and the nearby Adirondack mountains.

The College also provides substantial financial support for students who are interested in pursuing summer research. Many students present the results of their work at regional, national and international conferences. Some co-author scholarly papers and journal articles in collaboration with faculty partners and mentors.

In 2013 Levitt Research Fellow Eren Shultz '15 researched development in Tanzania to understand the current and future roles of cooperative organizations.
2014 Levitt Summer Research Fellows Announced

The Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center recently announced the 2014 Levitt Summer Research Fellows. To enhance student research around issues of public affairs, the Levitt Center funds student-faculty research through its Levitt Research Fellows Program. The program is open to rising juniors and seniors who wish to spend the summer working in collaboration with a faculty member on an issue related to public affairs. Following are this year’s recipients.  More ...

Claire Zurlo '14
What Would Jefferson Do?

In speeches and debates, contemporary politicians often relate their values back to the principles of America’s founding fathers. However, how well they actually represent those ideals is disputable. In her Emerson Foundation project, “What Would Jefferson Do? The Jeffersonian Ideal and Modern Day Environmental Policy,” Claire Zurlo ’14 is examining how Thomas Jefferson’s political philosophy relates to today’s environmentalism.  More ...

Heather Krieger '14, right, makes breakfast smoothies for children at Rosie's Theater Kids in New York City.
Reforming School Food with Red Rabbit

With tight budgets and even tighter refrigeration space, some schools find serving fresh meals to be a challenge.  The current state of school meals is an issue of concern, but one company is providing nutritious alternative options. Heather Krieger ’14 is interning this summer for Red Rabbit, a company providing New York City schools with farm fresh, healthy and sustainable food options.  More ...

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