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5th Annual Science Slam 2018-19

It’s Science Slam time again! ESP students have consistently placed #1, #2, or #3 in all previous Science Slam events, so please help keep the streak alive! Science Slam is the College of Science (COS) student researcher communication competition. Apply ASAP to be considered for one of the remaining preliminary rounds where you are eligible […]

Turning science into policy: Reggie Allen

Affiliate Faculty and Executive-in-Residence, Col. (Ret.) Reginald Allen joined the ESP department on temporary assignment in April 2018 and his residency will end in April 2019. A highly decorated 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Reggie Allen opted to continue his life in the public service by joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2015. […]

Faculty in the news: Dr. Jennifer Sklarew

The October 2018 newsletter of the League of Women Voters in the Fairfax Area (LWVFA) mentioned a project to bring two hydropower micro-turbines to the Fairfax campus of George Mason University (on page 7). Lead PI Dr. Jennifer Sklarew of the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and her research team began the project working […]

Funding opportunities for ESP students

There are many funding opportunities posted for students on this website.  Please visit all of the pages below and check back often. Most are posted during the fall and spring semesters, but there are also plenty of summer opportunities. Scholarships Internships Fellowships (includes job listings)

Former ESP undergraduates who took the required GIS course share how it has helped them

Below are career success stories shared by students of the GIS course EVPP 430: Fundamentals of Environmental Geographic Information Systems taught by Dr. Vivek Prasad, adjunct professor of environmental science. This course is a core requirement for the Environmental Science, BS degree. September 2018 Bergit Uhran Student Contractor, Land Change Science Program United States Geological Survey […]

Spring and Summer Becker 2019 Graduate Fellowship – Apply Now

  To apply: Follow instructions on the flyer: Deadline: 5:00 pm, November 1, 2018 About The Catherine and Richard Becker Graduate Research Fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from the Beckers to the College of Science in November 2016: Overview Two Graduate Research Fellowships will be awarded to ESP Master’s students in […]

Inside Camp 41 in the rainforest near Manaus, Brazil with Dr. Thomas Lovejoy

What happens when an environmental journalist tags along on a trip to Camp 41 with the “godfather of biodiversity” himself?  She shares with us a story set in this iconic camp: a handful of tin-roofed, open-sided structures deep within the world’s largest tropical wilderness and home base for hundreds of ecologists conducting research over the past […]

Ten-week summer research project in the field funded by OSCAR

Six students majoring in environmental science, environmental and sustainability studies, and applied global conservation spent ten weeks in the field studying four fields (three near The Plains, Virginia, and one near Warrenton, Virginia) that were restored during the past five years. Their 7:00am – 3:00pm days were spent both out in the field collecting data as […]

Coral reef diving: determining the health of corals

MS student Nicole Bayne (left) and Associate Professor Dr. Esther Peters (right) photographed and collected data on the health of stony corals on the wreck of the Jay Scutti, an artificial reef sunk off Ft. Lauderdale, and during several other dive trips on reefs of Broward County, Florida, during August 2-8, 2018. Nicole has started […]

Welcome Week Event for all students, faculty, and staff

The ESP Department will be holding its annual welcome week event on the first Thursday of the Fall 2018 semester.  We hope to meet and greet new and returning students, as well as all of our faculty and staff.

Important Dates

SUMMER 2019 Session Dates

Session 1: May 20– Aug 10

A session: May 20– Jun 22

B session: Jun 3– Jul 27

C session: Jun 24– Jul 27

D session: May 20– Jul 27

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