Student Funding

The ERI supports student research in environmental sciences, including multidisciplinary work on projects that cross boundaries of environmental sciences, social sciences, policy, humanities, and other multidisciplinary collaborations.  For projects in environmental social sciences and humanities, students may apply to the Class of 1942 Environmental Studies fund. ERI funding is available to support the following (links are accessible to users):

  1. Mentored research
  2. Summer research or field courses
  3. Travel to conferences and meetings

1. Mentored Research Support

Mentored environmental research projects (e.g. theses) will be considered.   Up to $1000 can be requested. A full research proposal must be submitted.  Proposals to fund student research are accepted on a rolling basis, with a preference given to those submitted by  the Monday after Fall break and the Monday after Spring break.  A sample (funded) application is provided here.  When submitting an application please also email Darcy Gordineer ( so that the ERI is notified of your submission.

Link to Mentored Research Application 

Application form

2. Summer Environmental Research

NOTE – NOAA internships on hold summer 2023

The ERI funds students interested in summer internships at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  This is an excellent opportunity for students to conduct marine or atmospheric (e.g. weather and climate) research, policy, communication, or outreach work.  A stipend equivalent to an URSI stipend is provided; the ERI will cover the costs of carbon offsets for travel through Terapass or equivalent.

Program Description

List of Available NOAA Internships will be posted as available

The ERI can also fund summer environmental research, internships, or field courses of ~8-10 week duration. Courses other than field courses are not ordinarily considered. Proposals for summer support will be evaluated on a competitive basis. If travel is included, the budget should include carbon offsets for travel from Terrapass or another similar site; total funding is up to $3500 + cost of carbon offsets.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with preference given to those submitted by the Monday after Spring Break.  Check out the blog for some previous student summer experiences!

Application Form

3. Travel to Meetings and Conferences

The ERI has funding available to support student travel to environment-themed meetings and conferences, particularly where the student is presenting work. This funding is meant to supplement funds available from other sources.  Applications should include funding for carbon offsets from Terrapass or similar.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and are to be emailed to Darcy Gordineer (

Link to Student Travel Application

Questions about Collins funding can be directed to any member of the ERI steering committee: Lynn Christenson (Biology; Coordinator); Alison Keimowitz (Chemistry; Coordinator); Jodi Schwarz (Coordinator); Mary Ann Cunningham (Geography; director of Environmental Studies Program); Jeff Walker (Earth Science and Geography); and Yvonne Elet (Art History).