Summer Environmental Stewardship Fellowships

History

In 2007, former K College President Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The College developed a Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (SCAP) to guide our work towards meeting the commitment, and began sponsoring student summer projects that help us reach our SCAP goals. In the winter of 2016, President Jorge Gonzalez signed the Higher Education Climate Action Letter, affirming his and Kalamazoo College’s continued commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

This year through the Center for Environmental Stewardship and The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, there is funding to support multiple projects that advance environmental stewardship and sustainability in our community. 

Students can apply for funding for two types of fellowships:

  1. Apply for funding for a self-designed research project that occurs on campus, the Lillian Anderson Arboretum or in the Kalamazoo community. Each self-designed project must be mentored by a Kalamazoo College faculty or staff member. Mentors will receive a stipend for their work.
  2. Apply for funding for an unpaid internship (with another organization) in the field of environmental stewardship.

Logistics:

Environmental Stewardship Fellows will receive a $400/week stipend for research projects of between 4 and 10 weeks duration. Proposals for research or service projects that advance the goals of the Center for Environmental Stewardship and the Kalamazoo College Sustainability and Climate Action Plan are preferred but any proposal related to sustainable practices on campus will be considered. Campus initiatives could include, but are not limited to: habitat restoration, invasive species control, native pollinator conservation, behavioral changes to promote sustainability or conservation, communication (written or visual) about climate change, composting, waste reduction, recycling, energy-use monitoring/reduction and the LEED certification of buildings.

Environmental Stewardship Fellows with a self-designed research project must work under the supervision of an on-campus faculty or staff member, who will receive an additional $100 per week stipend, but may also seek the guidance of an off-campus mentor or community partner. 

Proposals from all disciplines are encouraged. Consideration will be given to students with high financial need and first-generation college students.

The fellowship requires periodic reporting of progress including submitting photographs of the project and a final report to be submitted before the start of the 2019-20 academic year. Each fellow will be expected to present at a campus symposium in the fall or winter to share their projects (date to be determined). If a fellow is unable to participate, they can submit a poster in place of a presentation.

Completed applications, including mentor letter of support, are due on Friday, April 12th, 2nd week Spring Quarter at 5 p.m., and will be reviewed by the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee. Award recipients will be notified by April 24th (Wednesday of 4th week).

Requirements

A completed online Environmental Stewardship funding application will include:

  • One document containing:
  • A brief summary of your proposed research including background, goals, duration  (in weeks), and anticipated outcomes (< 750 words not including references)
  • A brief personal statement about your commitment to environmental stewardship practices and your understanding of how the work described in your proposal addresses the goals of the Kalamazoo College Sustainability and Climate Action Plan or sustainable campus practices in general. Please include any information about financial need (< 300 words)
  • Your resume, including relevant coursework, and names of two references we may contact (e.g., professors, academic advisor)
  • A statement of intent from your mentor(s) that commits them to support your research or project. Please have your mentor upload a letter in PDF format at Mentor Statement of Intent part of the Environmental Stewardship Funding Application website.

Questions?

 Please address any questions to Sara Stockwood, Director of the Center for Environmental Stewardship, at sara.stockwood@kzoo.edu.