Student Resources and Opportunities

Student Profiles
Rhianna Sommers describing a hydric soil at a wetland site


Rhianna Sommers Learns About an Environmental Consulting Career Through Semester Internship with VHB

During my time at UVM I have learned that I would prefer a job that is multidisciplinary, that has field and office components, includes independent and collaborative work, and integrates the natural and social sciences. For a while, I have had an idea that environmental consulting is the route I would like to take after college. ...

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Emil Tsao, second year Master's student in the Rubenstein School


Emil Tsao Discovers Transdisciplinary Research Is Challenging and Prefers It That Way

I was on the hunt for an interdisciplinary Master’s program that did not shy away from diving into critical social and environmental questions, when I stumbled across a rich blog whose author would later become my advisor. Professor Adrian Ivakhiv was working through a fascinating world of social theory and eco-cultural studies. ...

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Gina Fiorile earns national acclaim for her role in engaging youth in climate change action.


First-Year Student Gina Fiorile Receives EPA Merit Award on Earth Day

Two things happened when Gina Fiorile, as a high school student in Saranac Lake, New York, contributed to leading the Wild Center’s Adirondack Youth Climate Summit in 2014.  

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Undergraduate Programs

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources has a reputation for excellence in the study of the environment and natural resources. We are proud to be one of the nation's premier environmental programs. Hands-on learning, outstanding faculty, an innovative curriculum, state-of-the-art research come together in our extraordinary outdoor laboratory—the state of Vermont. Your experience will be personalized in our close community of about 600 students. Meet some of our students >>

Faculty who love to teach. Rubenstein faculty are dedicated to undergraduate teaching. You will share the classroom with teacher-researchers solving today's biggest environmental problems. Our faculty >>

The Rubenstein School offers an innovative four-year core curriculum. The four-year sequence integrating ecology, human perspectives, ecosystem management, natural resource policy, and environmental assessment applies your knowledge of natural and social science to solving real-world problems. Core curriculum >>

The Rubenstein School graduates succeed. Our career services coordinator in our Office of Experiential Learning works directly with our students from the time they arrive at the University. Most of our graduates are employed in positions that tap their specific education in natural resources. They work as environmental consultants, foresters, naturalists, wildlife biologists, ski area managers, land-use planners, teachers, researchers, natural resource policy analysts, and more. If you want a broad-based education and an environmental career that can lead to positive change in the world, join us. Learn more about Experiential Learning >>

Why study the environment at UVM?

The University of Vermont long ago recognized the importance of providing educational opportunities in natural resource conservation and management. Efforts were initiated with forestry courses in 1888. High quality undergraduate instruction and advising in environmental and natural resources disciplines are our highest priorities. The emphasis on excellence in undergraduate natural resource programming is underscored by the School's administrative structure and a strong interdisciplinary core curriculum. Distinctions among disciplines are de-emphasized while the elements of a strong professional education are retained.