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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Science Division
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 323
    • tel: 610-499-4003
    • fax: 610-499-4496
  • Dr. Stephen R. Madigosky

    • Chair, Department of Environmental Science and Sustainability
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 206
    • tel: 610-499-4269

Student Research, Environmental Science and Sustainability

Opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research in environmental science are abound at Widener. Our labs and field sites provide the perfect setting for research and hands-on learning.    

Students often conduct research as part of their coursework or as part of individual research opportunities working with our environmental science faculty. Many of our faculty members are involved in ongoing research in many locations worldwide, including Costa Rica and Peru.

This experiential learning may be extended by allowing students to work with government and private agencies that play a role in environmental protection, planning, and stewardship.

Faculty-Directed Research

In addition to coursework, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in environmental issues and engage in scientific research with the environmental science faculty. This takes places in our modern classrooms, well-equipped laboratory facilities, state-of-the-art computer facilities, and also in the field. Many classroom and field projects result in student presentations and authorship of professional papers.

Local and Global Research Projects

Our departmental philosophy supports the notion that students become active and contributing members of society while at Widener. While course study is essential, we believe that students need to engage in environmental pursuits in their local communities, regional settings, and in some instances, international venues. We accomplish this by providing students with access to full-time faculty members who are excited and willing to work with students on projects that will help shape and hone their professional skills.

Summer Research Program

Students who wish to use the Widener facilities for self-driven research or focus on a joint research project with faculty over the summer months may apply for free summer housing through the university’s Summer Research Program.