Research and Experiential Learning

Research and Experiential Learning

Apply for Scholarships, Grants and Fellowships

  • The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.  Contact Tanya Hayes for additional information.
  • The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates.
  • The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation
  • Challenge Detroit is a competitive leadership and professional development program that invites tomorrow's leaders to live, work, play, give and lead in and around the greater Detroit area.
  • The Doris Duke Conservation Scholarship offers opportunities to increase the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who choose to pursue coursework and careers in conservation.
  • Learn about additional fellowships and receive application support at the SU Office of Fellowships
Hanna-Marie Lucero  EVST '21

SU Doris Duke Recipient

"The Doris Duke program is important because it exposes its scholars to both conservation research and fieldwork. The highlight of this program was the connections I made with the scholars, our mentors, and all of the speakers. I discovered that I truly love research and being in the field."

Hanna-Marie Lucero EVST '21

Engage in Unique Student Research

Senior Capstone Project

As an EVST student, you will complete a capstone research project. The issue may be of local, national or international concern, so long as it is an identifiable problem about which you can gather information. The problem that you choose to investigate must:

  • have both social and ecological dimensions,
  • be of import for understanding and addressing current concerns related to sustainability (broadly defined) 
  • be related to your specialization

You will use empirical data (often a mix of published studies, archival data and existent databases) to answer your research question. 

Previous Capstone Projects have considered equity and effectiveness of urban gardens, ways to improve access to farmers' markets, effective organizing practices for farm workers, policies to reduce run-off and the reintroduction of wolves.

Student Research Program

Undergraduate research is an inquiry or exploration of a topic within an academic discipline by a student that makes an original contribution to the field of study.

Getting involved in student research is a great way to further explore your academic passions and interests. Research opportunities are available for all academic disciplines. The Student Research Program can assist you with organizing, funding, presenting, and even publishing your own research. 

Student Research Program opportunities include:

For more information about the latest SU student research opportunities, visit the Student Research Program site.

Connect with Faculty Research

  •  Wong Community Design Workshop

Professor Marie Wong teaches an annual service learning Community Design Workshop where students integrate planning methods and community building through a quarter-long project. Students analyze and develop strategies and recommendations in an urban development or design plan which is presented to the client.

  • Hayes and Murtinho Conservation and Livelihoods in Latin America

Tanya Hayes, Ph.D and Felipe Murtinho, Ph.D research interests focus on international policies to support conservation and rural livelihoods in Latin America.  Students have worked with Professors Hayes and Murtiho on their research in Ecuador.  Contact Professor Hayes or Professor Murtinho for upcoming student research opportunities.