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Environmental Studies Program

College of the Sciences

Learning Opportunities


The M​ickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program offers under-represented and minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields access to real-world, interactive research experiences within the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy.

Since 1995, MLEF has furthered its mission to "strengthen a diverse pipeline of future STEM professionals," by providing mentorship for "several hundred of the best and brightest students from across the nation for future careers in STEM." The program relies on professional STEM mentorship models coupled with practical experiences and student incentives, including a weekly stipend and housing. Over the 10-week experience, program fellows gain insight into how DOE works to address present day and anticipated energy challenges.

The competition is available to applicants enrolled as a full-time, degree-seeking student in a STEM program, at an accredited college or university at the Bachelor's, Master's, or Ph.D. level, holding a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8 (freshman students are ineligible). Additional age and citizenship requirements apply.

Multiple technical assistance webinars are offered from October through December, 2019. Applications are due January 12, 2020. Click here to apply.



Ecosystem Field Studies is pleased to announce another winter-break section of Caribbean Ecosystem Field Studies and that they are now accepting applications.

Contact: Professor Steve Johnson



Georgetown University -Master of Science in Environmental Metrology & Policy


Graduate Research Assistantship: Spring 2020 in Department of Sustainability & Environment, University of South Dakota

The Department of Sustainability & Environment at the University of South Dakota ( is accepting applications for the graduate program in Sustainability for the Spring 2020 semester. A graduate assistantship is available for a M.S. student with an interest in eolian processes, geomorphology, soil science, and quantitative skills on a project assessing dust emission potential of different soil surfaces and landforms.  The research will involve field work in the desert southwest US utilizing the Portable in situ Wind Erosion Lab. The student will operate the equipment, analyze data, and consider how sustainable land use practices impact wind erosion.

This position includes a research assistantship stipend of $18k for the academic year, and covers 100 percent tuition and fees for the first year. The research assistantship may continue for a second year, or the department will offer a teaching assistantship. Applicants must be US citizens. Interested students should contact




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