University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geography

Student Opportunities

Academic Programs for Learning and Engagement (APLE) in the Department of Geography

The Department of Geography has interesting opportunities for undergraduate as well as graduate students. We have an active internship program, students occasionally participate in field and laboratory research projects with our faculty, and we offer an honors research thesis program. Geography students also get opportunities during class time to work with professionals in the field on real-life issues.

Internship Program

The Department of Geography offers the opportunity to undertake internships off-campus to prepare students for an exciting world of applied Geography. Participating agencies include Northern Cartographics, Action Research, Women Helping Battered Women, Toward Freedom, Vermont Senate, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, Winooski Waste Water Treatment Facility, Burlington Housing Authority, National Weather Service, U.S. Forest Service, Associates in Rural Development, Vermont Public Radio, Vermont Cares, Mountain Pride Media, Shelburne Museum, State of Vermont, and The Nature Conservancy. Fill out the Internship Agreement Form (PDF). See recent student research projects below.

Recent job, internship, award programs, studentship, and graduate fellowship announcements


Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change

The Future Park Leaders of Emerging Change (FPL) supports paid internships to highly accomplished undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates to work in national parks for approximately 12 weeks on projects in climate change research, interpretation, park operations, policy development, and other fields. This NPS-funded internship opportunity is facilitated in partnership with the University of Washington, and is currently accepting applications. Project locations in South Florida and the Caribbean exist. The application deadline is 11:59 pm PST, Friday, January 26, 2018.

For more information visit:


NASA DEVELOP Summer 2018

The NASA DEVELOP Program is currently recruiting for the summer 2018 term. This is a 10-week paid contracting position open for current students, recent college graduates, and career transitioning professionals including veterans of the Armed Forces. Although the term is only 10 weeks, there are many opportunities to advance through the program to year-long contracts.

This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Our projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA's Earth observations. Participants work in teams, with guidance from NASA and partner science advisors, to demonstrate to partner organizations how NASA remote sensing imagery can be used in water resources, disaster management, ecological forecasting, and other applications to address environmental community concerns. DEVELOP’s projects are interdisciplinary in nature, so applications are welcome from all academic backgrounds.

Details about the program and how to apply can be found at The summer online application window is January 8 – February 16. The spring program dates are June 4 – August 10. The DEVELOP program has three terms: spring, summer, and fall – the term dates and application windows are updated on the “Apply” page of the DEVELOP website. In addition to Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, there are many other locations across the United States that you can find on the "Locations" page.

Responsibilities include: literature review, data processing and analysis, and composing deliverables including a technical paper, poster, presentation, and video. Previous GIS or remote sensing knowledge, while beneficial and more competitive, are not required for acceptance.

Applicants must have excellent communication and writing skills and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Days of the week are flexible, but applicants should be able to commit to 20-30 hours per week for the summer term. Paid positions are funded using a rate determined by application type, education level, and location.


15th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet


Open Dates: Dec. 21, 2017 through Feb. 7, 2018

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the release of the 15th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Phase I Request for Applications (RFA). This collegiate design competition promotes the use of scientific and engineering principles in creating innovative projects to address challenges and develop real world solutions. This RFA is seeking applications in the research areas of air quality, clean and safe water, land revitalization, and safer chemicals in the marketplace.

Join us in January 2018 for an informational webinar about the P3 RFA and application process. Webinar details will be posted early January on the P3 website, don’t miss it!

P3 Program:

The P3 program is a two-phase team competition. For the first phase, interdisciplinary student teams submit proposals to compete for $15,000 grants for project ideas addressing environmental solutions. Recipients use the funding to research and develop their design projects during the academic year. In the spring, teams compete for P3 Phase II grant funding of up to $75,000 to implement their projects in a real world setting.

P3 was developed to foster progress by achieving the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity, and protection of the planet - people, prosperity and the planet. EPA’s P3 Program offers technical solutions to implement while supporting education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). These grants propel the next generation of scientists, engineers, and researchers to think critically about current events and develop innovative solutions.

For general information on how to apply, visit

The P3 Student Design Competition is part of EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program, which supports the development of science and tools to help communities make better decisions toward a healthy society and environment.



2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) announces the 2018 Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL). The Great Lakes Summer Fellows Program exposes students to a broad range of disciplines and provides an exciting opportunity for students to conduct research in the Great Lakes region under the mentorship of a CIGLR or GLERL scientist.


- We are offering eight (8) full-time, twelve-week positions. All positions are located at the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), 4840 South State Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
- Positions will last for twelve weeks from the start date. The start date will be in early May, but this can be flexible (i.e., early June start) based on the selected candidate?s schedule or project needs.
- We seek to use these fellowships to increase diversity in STEM disciplines and strongly encourage applications from students who identify with groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in government and academic workforces.
- There is a stipend of $6,500 for the twelve-week period, paid in two installments of $3,250.


- The program is limited to currently enrolled undergraduate (juniors and seniors preferred) and graduate students. We will also consider post-baccalaureate or post-masters students who have graduated within the
past 12 months (of your fellow position start date) if the position fits directly within a student's career goals.
- You must be either a U.S. citizen or a foreign national who is residing in the U.S. on a current Student Visa.
- Immediate relatives of any CIGLR or NOAA GLERL employees are not eligible to participate in this program, consistent with NOAA guidelines.

Visit the CIGLR website for application & more information:

Deadline: 18 February 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

Contact Information:

Mary E. Ogdahl
Program Manager
Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research
University of Michigan | 440 Church Street | G110 Dana Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1041


Eco-Informatics Summer Institute (EISI) for Summer 2018

Eco-Informatics, an emerging discipline, integrates mathematics, computer science, statistics, and engineering with the study and management of ecosystems. Through a ten-week undergraduate/early graduate research experience, theEISIwill provide interdisciplinary training for young scientists to help manage ecosystems in our technologically sophisticated, globalized world.

Please note: Application deadline isFebruary 02 , 2018.

  • The Eco-Informatics Summer Institute (EISI) ( be held at the HJ Andrews Experimental
  • Forest ( in the beautiful Oregon Cascade mountains.
  • WHO: Continuing undergraduate students from all over the US who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions
  • WHAT: Summer institute experience, stipend, andhousing provided.
  • WHEN: June 18th – August 24th, 2018
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 02 , 2018.
  • WHERE: HJ Andrews Experimental Forest on theMcKenzie River and at OSU in Corvallis, OR.


Through the integration of research and education, effective mentoring, and hands-on experiences at the HJ Andrews, participants will gain:

  1. Valuable research experience in Eco-Informatics and in their own disciplines.
  2. The foundation and opportunities to develop and seek support for their own graduate program, including a peer-reviewed research proposal.
  3. The training to become outstanding interdisciplinary scientists and effective contributors to the science and management of ecosystems.

Participants will receive:

  1. A total stipend of $5,000.
  2. Free lodging at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and on the OSU campus
  3. The opportunity for down time and group activities.

For more details on this year’s projects and for the applications, please go to

If you have any questions, please

Desiree Tullos, PhD, PE

Professor, Biological and Ecological Engineering Department

Oregon State University

001 541 737 2038


2018 Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects at federal research facilities located across the country focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.” This program will prepare a diverse, highly talented, educated, and skilled pool of scientists and engineers to address issues related to national security and nuclear detection and to enhance the future scientific and technical workforce to be both knowledgeable and trained in fields of specific interest to DNDO.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week for ten weeks plus reimbursement for travel expenses up to $1,000.

Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week for ten weeks plus reimbursement for travel expenses up to $1,000.

Research experiences are offered at: Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne, IL) ● Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley, CA) ● Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Livermore, CA) ● Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos, NM) ● National Security Technologies – Remote Sensing Laboratory (Las Vegas, NV and Andrews AFB, MD) ● Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, TN) ●

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Richland, WA) ● Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory (Menlo Park, CA)

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: January 29, 2018, at 8:00 AM EST

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

Program Information: Detailed information about the internships can be found at

For information about DNDO visit

For questions please email us at


2018 competition for AAG–GTU Travel Awards

Thanks to a renewed agreement with the American Association of Geographers, the Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honor Society is able to offer a limited number of $200 travel awards to some students attending the Annual Meeting of the AAG in New Orleans in April 2018. GTU will provide as many travel awards as funds and qualified applications permit. Preference will be given to students who are attending an AAG meeting for the first time and who will serve as an author or co-author on a paper or poster being presented at the conference. Travel award recipients will be required to pick up their check at the GTU booth in the exhibit hall during the annual meeting.

The application deadline is Feb. 5, 2018 and the form is straightforward and available for online submission at Please direct any questions about the process to at

Donations for the fund are collected through the AAG. From this link on "Make a contribution" at the bottom of the screen. Then select AAG-Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) Student Travel Awards Fundand you will be able to enter the amount that you wish to contribute. We appreciate your support of the next generation of geographers.


Department of Geography

Oaklawn Foundation International Study Award Program 2018-19

Up to $5000 of scholarships to be awarded

This scholarship offers Geography majors the opportunity to subsidize their study abroad experience through the generous support of the Oaklawn Foundation. Students may use the funds toward costs of a travel course or study abroad experience through the Geography Department or an affiliated program at UVM, or through a program whose transfer credits are recognized by UVM (e.g. SIT, Butler, IHP). Funds may be spent within three semesters of application (i.e. Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Summer 2019, Fall 2019 in the current round of funding).


Application Process:

Please send your application to Claire Robinson-White, 200 Old Mill

Email or telephone 6-2063

  • Deadline for application: TBA
  • 500-word max. description of how the proposed study abroad program or travel course fits with your other studies as a Geography major
  • Proposed budget with estimated costs (e.g. air travel, train, etc.)
  • One letter of support from a Geography Faculty member to be submitted directly to Claire Robinson-White (plan ahead – meet with your advisor soon!)

Questions? Please email Prof. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux, Chair, Department of Geography.



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