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

Professors 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 Murtinho on their research in Ecuador.  Contact Professor Hayes or Professor Murtinho for upcoming student research opportunities.


Sustainable Design Workshop in Brazil, July 14-27, 2019.

Presented by the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability in partnership with the EMGE School of Engineering.

Students will work in Belo Horizonte, Brazil for a two-week workshop presented by professionals from Brazil and the US. The primary focus of this summer experience will be the design and construction of a greenhouse-scale aquaponics system at EMGE’s Campus #2. Additional topics will include an introduction to solar array design, net-zero building design and sustainable materials.

Program Fee: The program fee of $2350 includes room, board and ground transportation, and it is due by March 20, 2019. Airfare is not included.

Space is limited. To apply for the workshop, please send a letter of interest to Dr. Phillip Thompson,

More info here

Contact Us

Tanya Hayes


206 296-5485

Kimberly Gawlik

Senior Administrative Assistant

206 296-5440