Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Weekly Announcements 1/29

January 29, 2019
Please look over your Google doc carefully and check in with your advisor to make sure you are on track to graduate. If you have a second major or a minor make sure that you've completed those requirements and that each major has 27 unique credits and each minor has 15 unique credits. Email envstudies@bc.edu with any questions.
For students who studied abroad in the fall: 
If you want to apply courses toward the major or minor, stop by Prof. Pisani Gareau's office hours: Wed 12-1:30 or Thursday 10:30-12. Bring with you the syllabi of the courses you are looking to substitute and an OIP course substitution form. Email envstudies@bc.edu with questions.

  JOIN the NEW BC Environmental Studies Group on LinkedIn to stay in touch with alumni and the ENVS professional community! 
Events at BC
1/29: Drawing Insects Talk

2/1: Brown Bag Lunch: Renewable Energy Developer

1/31-2/1: Meet Prospective EESC Faculty Members

2/15: Meeting on Diversity in Environmental Studies
Jobs and Internships
Apply by 2/1: Summer internship - Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS)

Apply by 2/1: Harvard Forest Summer Research Program 

Apply by 2/1: Teaching Positions at University of North Carolina at Charlotte 

Apply by 2/3: LAKES Research Experience for Undergraduates

Apply by 2/4: Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Summer Internship

Apply by 2/8: Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program 

Apply Now: Harvard Forest Field Technician 

Apply Now: Harvard Forest Assistant Program Coordinator 

Apply Now: Ceres Summer Internship 
Events in Boston
2/8: Massachusetts Regional Conservation Forum 

Accepting Submissions: MACC Annual Environmental Conference Student Poster Session
Study Abroad
Apply by 2/5: ENVS Study Abroad - Conservation Ecology in Ecuador 

Apply now: Insight Global Education Internships in Uganda, Fiji, or Thailand 

Apply by 3/1: Environmental Leadership in China 
Environmental Activism
Join BC Real Food's Composting Initiative 

Drawing Insects Talk

January 29

Brown Bag Lunch Series - Renewable Energy Developer 

Febuary 1st @12PM
Devlin 220

Meet Prospective EESC Faculty Members

January 31 & Febuary 1
The Earth and Environmental Science department has narrowed their new faculty search in "Geochemistry of Near Surface Processes" down to three outstanding finalists whose research spans the marine carbon cycle, groundwater pollution, and mercury cycling & contamination.

Hilary Palevsky - Jan 22-23
Jennifer Harkness - Jan 24-25
Miling Li - Jan 31-Feb 1

Each candidate will give two talks at 12:00-1:00pm in Devlin 201 each day of their visit.  Talk titles will be posted in the hallways as soon as they are available. The first will be a high level research talk, while the second will be pitched more towards an undergraduate audience. I would encourage all of you to attend either/both talks! Watching faculty candidates come though and interview is an exciting and valuable experience. 

The Women in STEM group is hosting coffee hours for each potential faculty member where we will have the chance to meet them, ask them questions, and provide feedback to the search committee.
All upperclass females within the Earth and Environmental Sciences department are invited and encouraged to attend any or all of these coffee hours as your schedule allows.
They will be from 9:00am-10:00am in Devlin 220 Friday, Feb. 1

This will be a great chance to informally meet with each candidate. The faculty search committee really looks forward to hearing all of our opinions, as students, to help make a judgement on who would be the best fit for our department! Email Lauren Shea (sheala@bc.edu) or Oriana Battifarano (oriana.battifarano@bc.edu) to RSVP. 

Summer Internship - Research Experiences in Solid Earth Science for Students (RESESS)

Applications due Feb 1, 2019
Apply HERE
The RESESS Internship is a multi-summer internship program, primarily funded by the National Science Foundation, that is dedicated to increasing diversity in the geosciences. RESESS encourages applications from individuals who are members of a group that is historically underrepresented in the Earth sciences, and from students who can demonstrate experience working towards to raising awareness about the importance of the geosciences among broad or diverse segments of the population. This program is hosted by UNAVCO, Inc., in Boulder, Colorado.
Student interns work closely with a geoscience expert throughout the summer on a research project. We try to match the interests of the student with a relevant project. The student might work at the University of Colorado at Boulder, at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO, or at UNAVCO in Boulder. In their second summer, interns are encouraged to work elsewhere in the U.S. with a research group at another university, government lab, or petroleum company.
Potential topics of interest include:
  • earthquakes & seismology
  • geophysics (including plate tectonics and more)
  • hydrology and water quality
  • petroleum geology
  • glaciers
  • volcanoes
  • sedimentology
  • geomorphology
  • Quaternary geology
  • physics of the Earth
We also encourage students to consider and suggest projects based in their community.

The program runs from late May to early August. For more information and to apply, visit: https://resess.unavco.org/resess.html

Harvard Forest Summer Research Program

Applications due Feb 1, 2019
The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, and pest and pathogens. Researchers come from many disciplines, and projects center on community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, soil science, atmosphere-biosphere exchanges, ecophysiology, landscape modeling, and data provenance.

BC Prof. Noah Snyder is co-leading one of the summer research projects, "Group Project: Reconstructing landscape change in New England from lake sediments: interaction of humans, vegetation, climate change, and extreme weather." Contact him at noah.snyder@bc.edu if you are interested in this opportunity. The application deadline is February 1.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Hiring Teaching Assistants

Applications due Feb 1, 2019
The Department of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte offers a Master of Science in Earth Sciences degree with opportunities for study and research in the areas of soils, weathering, surface processes, geology, hydrology, atmospheric science,  remote sensing, spatial analysis, and environmental science. Our program offers Earth Science graduate students personal guidance typical of a relatively small department, with the field, laboratory, and computing facilities and resources that accompany a much larger unit. Within this context, you will find a healthy combination of both field- and model-based Earth Science research as well as applied and academic research opportunities.

Our program is currently seeking competitive candidates for several teaching assistant positions beginning in fall 2019. Teaching assistantship funding may be supplemented by tuition awards or RA funding for exceptional candidates.

If you are interested in pursuing cutting-edge Earth Sciences research in our multi-disciplinary program, please consult the program website at https://geoearth.uncc.edu/masters-programs/masters-earth-sciences  and faculty research at https://geoearth.uncc.edu/people.

Review of applications will begin February 1, 2019.  Apply at https://gradadmissions.uncc.edu/.

LAKES Research Experience for Undergradutes 

Applications Due Febuary 3, 2019
More Information
The LAKES Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) aims to better understand the root causes of phosphorus pollution and solutions while offering undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research. Solving the phosphorus pollution problem is not simple. A complex mix of social, economic, and environmental factors influences phosphorus use and misuse.

Students who participate in LAKES will spend two months in beautiful Menomonie, Wisconsin, training under research mentors in biology, sociology, economics, anthropology, geography, mathematics, or geology. Not only will you improve your analytical skills in a particular discipline, but you will gain interdisciplinary, applied problem-solving skills that reflect larger changes in sustainability-related research in academia, government, and the private sector.

LAKES REU participants receive a $4000 research stipend for the summer, in addition to free housing in UW-Stout dorms for the summer and a $400 food allowance.  Travel reimbursement up to $500 to and from Menomonie for the summer is also available.

Apply Here: https://www.uwstout.edu/academics/colleges-schools/college-arts-communication-humanities-and-social-sciences/social-science-department/social-science-research-center/lakes-undergraduate-research-experience/apply-lakes-reu

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Summer Internships

Applications Due Febuary 4, 2019
More Information 
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is dedicated to educating the public about ongoing white shark research so as to build an understanding of how research is essential for shark conservation. Our internships provide college students, or recent graduates, an opportunity to gain valuable experience in shark research and education. Summer internships are available in 2019, but please note that due to AWSC's status as a nonprofit research institution, positions offered by the AWSC College Intern Program are unpaid, but housing is provided. If you have any questions regarding the the AWSC internship positions please email the AWSC's Education Director, Marianne Long, at marianne@atlanticwhiteshark.org.

Shark Research and Science Communication Internship: This internship will provide an opportunity to learn about ongoing white shark research, to take part in data analysis, and to develop skills for communicating the results of scientific research to the public. Duties will include, but are not limited to, educating visitors about white sharks and answering research-related questions; engaging youth in hands-on science activities; cleaning and organizing education spaces; daily operations of the facility; and set-up and breakdown of educational programs. For more info, visit: http://www.atlanticwhiteshark.org/new-page-1

Community Outreach and Ecotourism Internship: In it’s three years of operation, the Chatham Shark Center has engaged 30,000 individuals during its regular hours of operation, inspiring the public to get involved in shark conservation. The AWSC Community Outreach and Ecotourism Intern will play a critical role in delivering our mission to visitors this summer, engaging guests of all ages and providing them with a memorable experience.This is a two part internship that will provide the intern with the ability to develop their abilities in science communication, engage the community in shark education programs, and inspire shark conservation through working on one of our ecotourism programs. For more info, visit: http://www.atlanticwhiteshark.org/new-page-2

Community Outreach and Education Internship: The AWSC Community Outreach and Shark Education Intern will play a critical role in delivering our mission to visitors at the Chatham Shark Center this summer, engaging guests of all ages and providing them with a memorable experience. This is a two part internship that will provide the intern with the ability to develop their abilities in science communication, engage the community in shark education programs, and inspire shark conservation through working on one of our ecotourism programs. The candidate in this position will also be representing AWSC at outreach programs sharing research updates and information with the public. The candidate will also assist the Educator of these programs for several of the learning labs during each session. This experience will provide the candidate an opportunity to learn classroom management skills, lesson planning, and experiential education practices. For more info, visit: http://www.atlanticwhiteshark.org/community-outreach-and-education-internship

ENVS Study Abroad - Conservation Ecology in Ecuador 

Applications Due February 5th 
Application Information

Massachusetts Regional Conservation Forum 

Febuary 8, 2019

Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program 

Applications due Feb 8, 2019
Environmental Studies students have participated in this program before! 

Applications for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.edu) at the University of California Santa Cruz are now available. Each March we select 20 early-undergraduate Scholars from around the country to participate in a two-year conservation mentorship program centered on the summers between academic years. Our goal is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water.  We focus our efforts on serving college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with two years of college left at a stage when we can support their undergraduate careers and their choices as they graduate.  Students who attend or are transferring to any four-year institution in the US, its territories and Native nations are eligible.  US citizens, permanent residents, DACA and Dreamer students are eligible to apply. International students are not eligible for the program.
During the first year Scholars participate in an eight-week, intensive summer course integrating conservation design, leadership and research experiences while traveling with a close group of peers and mentors. During the second summer, Scholars pursue eight-week research and practice internships with nationally recognized conservation organizations and agencies.  A professional development retreat after the second summer brings together the Scholar cohort and prepares them to apply for jobs and graduate school. Throughout the two years and beyond, we work with home mentors at each Scholar’s campus to provide ongoing support. Scholars receive travel and lodging support and a $4,000 stipend each summer and become part of the national Doris Duke Conservation Scholars network for life.
Applications for the 2019 class of Scholars are available on the website and due February 8, 2019. For more information, visit conservationscholars.ucsc.edu or email the Program Director, Dr. Justin Cummings, jacummin@ucsc.edu.

Meeting on Diversity in Environmental Studies

Febuary 15th, 3PM Devlin 220
Please RSVP to envstudies@bc.edu

Harvard Forest Field Technician 

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Harvard Forest: Assistant Program Coordinator  

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Ceres Summer Internship 

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About Ceres: Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization working with the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through powerful networks and advocacy, Ceres tackles the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses.

About our Summer Internship Program: Ceres actively seeks to engage interns in our work. We have a number of exciting projects going at any one time and find the logistical, research, analysis, and writing support of interns to be of great value. We also hope working here inspires the next generation of professionals to "transform the economy to build a sustainable future for people and the planet." We are looking for a mix of undergrads and graduate students. We have positions available from Agriculture Water Risk to Human Rights, Governance & Sustainability Disclosures, and Food Greenhouse Gas Emissions. 

Each February, Ceres advertises for our summer program. During March we conduct interviews and make placements. Our internship program runs for 10 weeks, from June 3rd to August 9th. Interns are expected to work full-time, M-F 9am - 5pm, in our office (remote opportunities are not available at this time). We also require proper work authorization, so international students would need to have proper work visas (we are unable to sponsor these at this time). We offer a stipend of $5,500, as well as provide a local commuter pass (MBTA in Boston, BART in San Francisco). We hire around 10-15 summer interns each year, and in addition to contributing work on important projects for their teams, they participate in planned events throughout the duration of the program where they can learn more about other areas of the organization, have professional development learning opportunities, and get career advise as well.

More info and Application: https://www.ceres.org/about-us/career-opportunities 

Insight Global Education: Internships in Uganda, Fiji, or Thailand

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Earn Credits. Travel Abroad. Intern with an organization making a tangible impact in its field. We understand that an education for students needs to lead towards a viable career. Our University programs earn credits for your academic standing, and our internships provide a valuable and unique addition to your resume.

Spend 3 months abroad, immersed in a new culture with a cohort of like-minded students. Credits are earned through a local University with courses taught by tenured professors. Internships are run by local organizations running long-term initiatives. Accommodations are fully organized by Insight with all students living in a safe, vetted location. Choose between Uganda, Fiji, and Thailand.

For more information on the program and to apply, visit: https://insightglobaleducation.com/university/ 

Middlebury School of the Environment: Enviornmental Leadership in China

Deadline March 1
The Middlebury School of the Environment will have twin bases in Dali, a small city in the western reaches of western Yunnan province and the foothills of the Himilayas, and Kunming, the province’s capital and largest city. With locations in both places and the ability to move between these environments, the program will explore social-ecological systems along the wilderness, rural, urban interface. The landscapes of rural and urban Yunnan, along with unique conservation areas nearby, become our classroom as we seek to understand place in this unique environment.  As the world pivots to China, this country and its people illustrate the complexities of environmental problem solving in the 21st century. This program offers a hands-on experience exploring leadership and cultural diversity in sustainability initiatives. This is a six-week environmental studies program for college undergraduates and recent graduates based in Yunnan Province, China, with dual sites in Kunming and Dali. Students will take three college courses (nine semester-hours of credit) offered within a specially designed immersive curriculum that includes core course work, electives, leadership training, and field experiences.

For more information, visit: http://www.middlebury.edu/environment 

MACC Annual Environmental Conference Student Poster Session 

Conference March 2, 2019

Join BC Real Food's Composting Initiative 

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Boston College Environmental Studies Program
Devlin 213
Graduate Assistants:
Isabelle Kennedy & Joseph Manning