We strongly encourage students to engage in internships, independent study and research, supervised field studies and practicum projects as an integral part of their undergraduate education. Whether credits are earned, or not, we endorse hands-on learning through extra-curricular activities, volunteer or paid positions, workshops, and apprenticeships. Exposure to different activities, people, work settings, mentors, skills practiced and applied is useful and rewarding.
The Roman Villa Project
Faculty Name: Mark Usher
Research Description: Le Mole sul Farfa is a modern agriturismo (farm and farm stay/bed and breakfast) featuring an attached olive grove that preserves substantial remains of an ancient Roman villa currently being excavated. Le Mole hosts guests throughout the year and makes estate olive oil from 1,500 year-old trees, on which grow varieties of olives DNA-tested as “unknown” (i.e., pre-modern). The food served (vegetarian) is “farm-to-table,” authentic regional Italian cuisine prepared by the proprietors themselves.
Studying abroad offers rich learning and life opportunities and experience.
Many ENVS students study abroad in one way or another—either through a UVM faculty-led course, summer, semester or academic year course/program. A minimum GPA exists for external program study, and you must be in good standing at UVM to study abroad.