Thursday, October 12, 2017

Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva

As part of my duties as a professor, I lead the "Environment, Energy, and the Economy” course at the Geneva-based Program on Global Policy and Governance, which is offered in the summer through the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.  I write to you today to bring your attention to this unique professional and academic opportunity.  Through summer internships and an intensive one-week course, program Fellows gain unparalleled access to UN agencies and other leading Geneva-area institutions.  There is an option for doing the one-week course only, without the summer internship.
Program participants customize their experiences by choosing one of three policy tracks: Environment, Energy, and the Economy; or Global Health; or Humanitarian Action: Human Rights, Refugees, and Crisis Response.   The “Environment, Energy, and the Economy” course I lead provides students with the access to small group discussions with leading practitioners from organizations such as the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICSTD), and the course also includes site visits to a number of Geneva-area institutions such as the United Nations (UN), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the World Trade Organization (WTO).   
On Tuesday, October 17th from 12pm – 1pm EST, the program will offer a Global Policy and Governance Program Information Session Webinar.  The session will provide detailed information about the program, insights from the program faculty and alumni, and opportunities for Q&A.   Please register for the webinar to receive an email reminder with a link to the session and a recording of the webinar after it is complete.
Take a couple minutes to learn more about the program through this this short Geneva Program video, or by visiting our website.  The application deadline for the Summer 2018 Program is Thursday, November 30th.   Contact with any questions.
***Note: This program is focused on masters or early-Ph.D. students in disciplines such as public policy, environmental management, political science, etc.  Undergraduate applicants will be considered only if they are rising seniors at the time of participation and have exceptional experience interning and/or living abroad.
Dr. Tana Johnson
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science
Duke University, Sanford School of Public Policy 

GRE and LSAT Prep Courses

LSAT Fall Test Prep
A student's Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) can critically influence their ability to get into law school.
Saturday, October 28
Analytical Reasoning, 9am-1pm
Logical Reasoning, 2-6pm
Saturday, November 4
Reading Comprehension & Writing Sample, 9am-1pm
Analytical Reasoning II & Logical Reasoning II, 2-6pm
Instructor: Greg C. Anderson, J.D., University of Wisonsin-Madison and Director of Career Opportunities and Development, NIU College of Law
Cost: $445 for NIU Students, Alumni, and Employees ($395 if registered one week before the first class). Cost includes all materials and instruction.
or 815-753-0277 to register by phone.
GRE Fall II Test Prep
Required exam for a majority of master’s degree and doctoral programs.
Saturday, November 4
Reading Comprehension, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Verbal Reasoning & Essay, 2 - 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 11
Discrete Quantitative I, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Discrete Quantitative II, 2 - 6 p.m.
Saturday, November 18
Quantitative Comparisons/Data, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost: $445 for NIU Students, Alumni, and Employees ($395 if registered one week before the first class). Cost includes all materials and instruction.
or 815-753-0277 to register by phone.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Internships and Other Programs in Africa

There are multiple internships available through Ocean Campus to volunteer, take courses, or have an internship in Africa in a wide array of disciplines. One that is specifically considered a "once in a lifetime" opportunity is the Oceans Research Internship. All levels of undergraduate students have the opportunity of working in the Oceans Research Unit in Mossel Bay, South Africa. Students gain practical, hands-on training in conducting research in South Africa's marine mega-fauna, which includes great white shark. Interns join scientists daily on their research expeditions to  conduct groundbreaking research and experiments involving Mossel Bay's sharks and marine mammals.
Being a part of this internship, students will gain valuable insight and training in the latest research techniques and seamanship to equip them with the skills necessary to be a successful marine biologist. 

Visit Ocean Campus's website to view their other program options and to see additional details on the Oceans Research Internship (like how to apply, when to apply, etc.).

Thursday, October 5, 2017

List of Scholarships for Students Studying the Environment

To quickly look up scholarships that could apply to you, press Ctrl + F on your keyboard and type in a key term (like undergraduate, policy, 3.0 GPA etc.). You will then be able to click through the options that align with what you searched for.

Scholarships for Students Studying the Environment

American Meteorology Association (AMS) Scholarships
·         AMS Senior Named Scholarships
·         For undergraduate students entering their last year of study in atmospheric related oceanic or hydrologic sciences with at least a 3.25 GPA
·         Applications due February 2nd, 2018

Annie’s Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships

Brower Youth Awards
  • Need to be 13-22 years old, complete online application and provide photo of yourself and a letter of support from someone familiar with you and your environmental work
  • Applications due May 15th, 2017 for 2017 cycle; will reopen soon for 2018 cycle

Brown and Caldwell Scholarships
·         Eckenfelder Scholarship
    • US citizen/permanent resident who is enrolled in junior/senior year of undergraduate or enrolled in a graduate program in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering or environmental sciences (geology, hydrology, ecology) with a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • 2018 scholarships will be available in the spring
·         Minority Scholarship
    • US citizen/permanent resident who is enrolled in junior/senior year of undergraduate or enrolled in a graduate program in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering or environmental sciences (geology, hydrology, ecology) with a minimum 3.0 GPA and identify as member of minority group

o   2018 scholarships will be available in the spring

  •          GLBTQ Scholarship
    • US citizen/permanent resident who is enrolled in junior/senior year of undergraduate or enrolled in a graduate program in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering or environmental sciences (geology, hydrology, ecology) with a minimum 3.0 GPA and identify as member GLBTQ community
    • 2018 scholarships will be available in the spring
  •          Women in Leadership Scholarship
    • US citizen/permanent resident who is enrolled in junior/senior year of undergraduate or enrolled in a graduate program in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering or environmental sciences (geology, hydrology, ecology) with a minimum 3.0 GPA and identify as a woman who demonstrates leadership in their community
    • 2018 scholarships will be available in the spring

Echoing Green Foundation Fellowship
  •  Need to be at least 18 years old, fluent in English, can commit 40-hour work week to their organization that gains the fellowship
  • Applications accepted between September 26 through October 24, 2017

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
  • Enrolled full-time junior and senior undergraduates at accredited four-year colleges in the United States during the fall 2017 semester are eligible to enter the 2018 contest
  • Submissions are due: December 11, 2017 at 5 PM (PST)

EPA Scholarships/Fellowships


The Garden Club of America Scholarships

Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • Academic/merit based scholarship for students to study at the University of Cambridge for a PhD, MSc or MLitt, or a one-year postgraduate course (MBA, LLM, etc.)
  • Application for 2018 cycle due: October 11, 2017

Funding for Green Chemistry via EPA

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
  • Need to be junior-standing (not yet entered graduate school), care about/have major/career path in politics or concerning the environment, in 2 clubs/community service groups, and get nominated by Faculty Rep or Truman Nomination Committee at undergraduate institution
  • Application deadline: February 8, 2018

Marshall Scholarship
  • For 2018 cycle, need to be US citizen, have a bachelor's degree by September 2018, and at least a 3.7 GPA
  • This scholarship is to study in the United Kingdom for a graduate degree
  • Application for 2018 cycle due: October 2, 2017

Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Have interest in environmental conservation/policy, tribal policy (for Native Americans and Alaskan natives) or native health care (for Native Americans and Alaskan natives) and junior/senior standing undergraduate student
  • Application deadline: March 8, 2018

NOAA: Ernst F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship
  • US citizen, second or third year of undergraduate degree, at least 3.0 GPA, and a major in oceanic, environmental, biological, or atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences that include hydrology, geography, physics, geometrics or teaching in any of these categories
  • Provides scholarship (up to $9,500 per academic year) and a 10-week, full time internship in summer ($700/week)
  • Application deadline: January 31, 2018

Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE)
o    Variety of opportunities with different requirements; positions in labs and within STEM field across the United States

o    Internships and research in summer, fall, and spring semesters in variety of locations in ORISE labs throughout the country in STEM fields

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans
  • For new immigrants, immigrants’ children, or New Americans pursuing graduate school and younger than 30
  • Competition is merit based
  • Application for the 2018-2019 cycle due: November 1, 2017 

Oxford and Rhodes Scholarship
  • Citizen of US or permanent resident, at least 18 but not yet 24 years old, and junior standing (completed two years of college coursework)
  • The scholarship provides funding to study at Oxford University
  • Application deadline: October 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST) 

The Rolex Scholarship
  • Minimum age of 21 and maximum age of 26, not yet earned a graduate degree, high academic standing, and has certification as a Rescue Diver (or minimum of 25 dives logged in past two years)
  • One-year study and travel about what the winner wants to learn as it pertains to underwater topics (biology, hyperbaric, anthropology and archaeology)
  • Application deadline for the 2018 cycle due: December 1, 2017
Student Conservation Association (SCA) Internships
o    List of internship opportunities throughout the United States
·         https://www/

o    SCA also posts their own internships as it gets closer to spring and summer

Switzer Environmental Foundation
  • Application guidelines and application itself are updated every early October
  • Need to be a US citizen, enrolled in graduate school in California or New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island) and have strong academic qualifications
  • Applications for the 2018-2019 cycle due: January 8, 2018

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Summer Student Fellowship
  • Awarded to students who are completing their junior year and are studying:
    • fields of biology, chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, oceanography, and marine policy
  •  Fellowship includes a summer research project
  • Applications accepted annually from November 18-February 15

Antioch Garden Club Scholarship
·         $600 scholarship for students who reside in Antioch community/surrounding area and are studying:
o    Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Botany, Plant Pathology, Forestry, Agronomy, Environmental Concerns, City Planning, Land Management and/or allied fields of study

·         Scholarship isn’t open for the 2018 cycle yet

iWP Clean Water Scholarship
  •  Students who have completed at least year of college, minimum of 2.5 GPA, and in an environmental/water related field; $1,000 reward
  • Application deadline: December 15, 2017

Elmhurst Garden Club Scholarship
  • Open to Illinois residents with at least a 3.0 GPA and who are college juniors, seniors or graduate students majoring in Horticulture, Environmental Studies, Biology, Botany and/or other related sciences
  • Application deadline: May 1, 2018

Father James B. Macelwane Award (via AMS)

IAAP Education Foundation Scholarship
  • Need at least 3.0 GPA, recent high school graduate or college student planning on or currently studying:
    • Civil Engineering, Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Geological Engineering, Mineral Science or Mining Engineering
  • Application deadline: January 12, 2018

SWANA Scholarship
o    Grant H. Flint International Scholarship Awards Program
      • Category One
        • High school graduates accepted to 2 or 4-year university; must be son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of SWANA member
      •  Category two
        • Current university student entering junior or senior year with degree in ENVS, engineering or major related to solid waste management and son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter or SWANA member
    • The Robert P. Stearns/SCS Engineers Scholarship Award
      • Full time students entering or are in graduate school with degree in ENVS, engineering, or major related to solid waste management and son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter or SWANA member
  • Application deadline for all scholarships: May 1, 2018

O.L Meyer Student Stipend Award
  • Student should be in environmental health program at an Illinois university (or Illinois resident attending an out of state school) and completed at least two years toward their degree
  • Application deadline: October 1, 2017

NOAA Education Partnership Program
  • Undergraduate scholarship program (USP)
    • For rising juniors to provide funding for last two years of undergraduate school ($45,000) at minority serving institutions
    • Complete two paid internships through NOAA
    • Need to be US citizen, studying degree related to NOAA disciplines, and have and maintain 3.2 GPA
  • Application deadline: January 31, 2018
The O’Brian Vrba Scholarship Trust

Forward Together Forward Scholarship
·         Need to have completed at least 12 semester hours at NIU, 2.5 minimum GPA, good standing with university and department, and enrolled for following academic year at NIU (2018-2019 school year)

·         Application deadline: October 15, 2017

  • Application apart of NIU’s AcademicWorks
  • Need 3.5 GPA and active within the university/community
  • Application deadline for 2018-2019 year: January 31, 2018

The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies Scholarship
·         Robert Marcelin Memorial Scholarship
o    Must have at least 3.0 GPA, enrolled full-time at NIU and demonstrate progress toward degree completion

o    Application deadline for 2017-2018 cycle: January 31, 2018

NIU Operating Staff Dependent Scholarship

Chief Richard Gunther Firefighters’ Endowed Scholarship
    • Apply via AcademicWorks
  • Preference given to students whose parent(s), step-parent(s), grandparent(s) or step-grandparents(s) are currently employed, retired from, or disabled from the job (or lost their lives) while employed as a firefighter or EMT, or to students who are actively serving in any branch of the US military or have been honorably discharged from military duty.
  •  Application deadline: January 31, 2018

AISES A. T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
·         Need at least a 3.0 GPA, majoring in mathematics, medical sciences, physical science, technology, science, engineering or natural resources and a full-time undergraduate or graduate student for the 2018-2019 school year
·         Applicants also need to be enrolled or descendent of enrolled member of federally or state recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaskan Native Village

·         Application for 2018-2019 cycle will reopen in January 2018

Timothy L. Taschwer Scholarship
·         Need to be undergraduate student, active member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, at least 2.75 GPA, demonstrated leadership within the chapter and majoring in natural resources, environmental sciences, earth sciences, biology or any of the pure sciences

·         Application deadline: March 15

Theodore Gordon Flyfishers Inc. Founders Fund Scholarship
·         Available to undergraduates in their junior year (will be senior fall of 2018) and is a full-time student majoring in:   
o   Biology, ecology, law, policy, conservation, environmental studies or science, natural resource management, hydrology or zoology
·         Can also apply to a full-time graduate student who will be entering their 1st or 2nd year as of fall 2018 in one of the majors listed above
·         Need 3.5 GPA in environmental courses and a 3.0 GPA overall

·         Application deadline: to be announced

National Garden Clubs Scholarship
·         Need to be full-time undergraduate junior or senior or a full-time graduate student with at least a 3.25 GPA majoring in one of the following:
o   Agronomy, agriculture education, floriculture, horticulture, landscape design, botany, biology, forestry, wildlife science, plant pathology/science, city planning, ecology, environmental concerns/management, environmental conservation, or land management

·         Application deadline: February 1, 2018

Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG) Scholarship
  • Available to undergraduate or graduate students whose grades are above average and are studying:
    •   Geosciences, physics, geology, or earth and environmental sciences
  • Applications are accepted between October 1 through March 1

ASF Olin Fellowship
·         Offered to individuals who are pursuing endeavors in Atlantic salmon management, biology and conservation in graduate study and/or research

·         Application deadline: March 15

ABC Humane Wildlife Control & Prevention, Inc. Academic Scholarship
·         Available to undergraduate and graduate students who are female and are studying in the fields of science, engineering, mathematics or technology

·         Application deadline: July 1

CSHEMA Scholarship
·         Open to full-time undergraduate students who are studying in majors geared toward an EHS career, like environmental science, fire protection, health physics, industrial engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, etc.

·         Application deadline: March 31

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship
·         Available to graduate students who are enrolled at a graduate school in North America, have strong academic qualifications, and have academic and/or career goals focused on making a positive difference in the long-term protection of wilderness in the United States
o   Graduate students in natural resources management, law or policy programs are encouraged to apply

·         Application deadline for 2018 cycle not yet announced

IWSH Essay Contest
·         Open to full time, enrolled undergraduate students at an accredited technical school, community college, trade school, or four-year university

·         Application deadline for 2018 cycle hasn’t been announced yet

Bright Horizons Scholarship
·         Open to undergraduate students who have at least completed one full semester of college and are pursuing a degree related to science, technology, mathematics, or engineering
o   Looking specifically for students with an interest in energy and the environment

  • Application deadline for 2018 cycle not yet announced

Dairy Student Recognition Program
·         Variety of scholarships that fall under this program
·         All scholarships are for undergraduate and graduate students attending universities in the United States and are studying the dairy industry or other agricultural related fields
·         All scholarship applications are accepted from March 1 through April 15

FFA Scholarships
·         Requirements in general:
o   Less than 23 years of age, current FFA member (some don’t require this), be US citizen/permanent resident, full time undergraduate student or high school senior
·         Apply via FFA ID account if member; if you’re not a member, create a “community” account

·         Updated scholarship information for the 2018 cycle will be updated on November 15, 2017

USDA Pathway Program: William F. Helms Internship Program
·         Need to be a US citizen, enrolled at an accredited university, be a sophomore or junior with at least a 2.5 GPA, enrolled in program related to agriculture or biological sciences and agree to work for the Agency during school breaks for a minimum of 640 hours prior to completion of studies
·         Interested students should apply online via

·         Announcement of 2018 internship will be available January 2018

Truman D. Picard Scholarship
·         For undergraduate and graduate students who are Native American student pursuing education in natural resources

·         Application deadline: February 7, 2018

Multicultural Education Foundation Scholarship
·         For students who are planning on/pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or math. Aimed at high school seniors and at first and second year undergraduate students

·         Application deadline: July 17, 2018

The Explorers Club Student Grants
  • Have two categories: High School Students and College Undergraduates; Graduate Students and Immediate Post-Doc
    •  Offer grants to a variety of disciplines for research proposals, including:
      •   Climate change, conservation science, geoscience, anthropology, animals, plants and molds, marine science/biology/life, and paleoclimate (geophysics, astronomy, volcanism, etc.)
  • Application deadline: November 13, 2017 at 5 PM (EST)

R&D Systems Scholarship
·         Rewarded to students (undergraduate, graduate, associate degree or diploma) pursuing a degree in a science related field; open worldwide

·         Application deadline: December 15, 2017 at 11:59 PM (MST)

Muggets Scholarship
·         Available to full time undergraduate (at least sophomore standing) or graduate student (any year) studying landscape, horticulture, vocational agriculture, or related discipline with at least a 2.7 GPA in their major
·         Preference given to applicants who plan on working in the industry (includes nursery operation, landscape architecture/design/construction/maintenance, interiorscape, horticultural distribution or retail garden center)

·         Application deadline for 2018-2019: open April 2018-September 2018

Spring Meadow – Proven Winners Scholarship
·         Open to full time undergraduate (at least sophomore standing) or graduate students (any year) who are pursuing degrees in landscape, horticulture, vocational agriculture programs, or related discipline with at least a 2.25 GPA overall and 2.7 GPA in major
·         Need to be interested in woody plant production, wood plant propagation, woody plant breeding, and/or horticultural sales and marketing

·         Application deadline for 2018-2019: open April 2018-September 2018

SOARS Program
·         Open to undergraduate students who have completed two years of college (junior standing), have at least a semester of undergraduate studies left after the initial summer program, ideally 3.0 GPA, and majoring in atmospheric sciences, geosciences, earth science, engineering, environmental science, oceanography, or social science and plan to pursue career in science
·         Encourage applications from students who are African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first generation college students, veterans and students with disabilities

·         Application deadline for 2018: will be announced November 2017

SMART Scholarship for Service
·         Available to undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a technical degree in one of the 19 disciplines listed on the About Smart page  
o   Includes biosciences, chemistry, engineering, and geosciences
·         Also need to participate in summer internships at a Department of Defense facility
·         Need to have at least a 3.0 GPA

·         Application deadline: December 1, 2017 at 5 PM (EST)

Out to Innovate Scholarship for LGBTQ+STEM Students
·         Open to LGBTQ or LGBTQ-supportive students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (or STEM related field) who have completed at least two years of college courses (junior standing) and actively supports or participates in programs/organizations that promote LGBTQ inclusion and visibility
·         Application deadline: June 2, 2018, 11:59 (PST)

Orchid Care Scholarship
·         Available to undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in botany, horticulture, environmental science, conservation or related field, with a focus on orchids
·         The purpose of the scholarship is to advance research and study of orchids and orchid care, so applicants should have or planning research on: increasing biodiversity, aiding in conservation efforts, or orchids in native habitats, among other topics

·         Application deadline: May 1

Gladys Carol Scholarship Program
·         Open to high school seniors, high school graduates, and current undergraduate students who will be/are enrolled in a full time STEM program at a 4-year university with a minimum cumulative 3.75 GPA and students who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States
·         Application deadline for 2018 cycle: March 31, 2018

o   Applications open: November 1, 2017

JVS Scholarship
·         Available to Jewish undergraduate and graduate students who were born and raised in the Chicago metropolitan area (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties) and is entering junior or senior year (for undergraduate students) of a helping profession
o   Majors include:
§  Law, physical/natural sciences, technical sciences (biology, engineering, environmental science, other sciences), education and urban affairs/public policy

·         Application deadline: not yet announced for 2018-2019 cycle

N.G. Kaul Scholarship
·         Open to students pursuing graduate or doctoral degrees in environmental/civil engineering or environmental science with a concentration on water quality who demonstrates a commitment to government service

·         Application deadline: April 28

Accu-Tab System Scholarship
·         Open to full time undergraduate students who have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or above, and are majoring in a discipline that is relevant to their aquatic career goal
Application deadline: not yet announced for 2018

HENAAC Scholars Program
·         Applicants must be undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degree in science, technology, math, Hispanic origin and/or demonstrate leadership/service within the Hispanic community

·         Application deadline: every April 30

Arborjet Taking Root Scholarship Program
·         For students in forestry, plant sciences, horticulture, entomology, environmental science or related major

·         Updated guidelines, application and application deadline will be posted on April 2018

ASDSO Scholarship Program
·         For students who are junior standing (going to be seniors during the 2018-19 academic term) in a civil engineering program, or related field, and have interest in a career in hydraulics, hydrology, or geotechnical disciplines (or another discipline related to design, construction, and operation of dams) with at least 2.5 GPA
o   Undergraduate students planning to graduate in May/December 2019 will be eligible for 2017 scholarship
·         Application deadline: March 31, 2018