RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES
The Department of Geography and the Environment supports research in a wide range of sub–disciplines in the areas of environmental science, geography, and the geospatial sciences. Many opportunities exist for undergraduate students to work closely with an individual faculty mentor on their research, including department-funded opportunities.
Undergraduate majors interested in summer research under the guidance of a faculty mentor are invited to submit an application for the Department of Geography and the Environment Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (GEV-SURF). Successful applicants will receive a $3,500 stipend (10-week, 35 hours per week), funding for research supplies, and on-campus summer housing and board. The call for applications will be distributed to majors in the spring semester. The SURF program is made possible in part through a generous donation from Robert Trainor.
To be considered, applicants must:
- be a registered geography, environmental studies or environmental science major (or second major) in the Department of Geography and the Environment;
- be otherwise eligible for the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship (VURF) program
- find a faculty mentor for the research experience;
- submit an identical and complete application to the Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellows (VURF) Summer Program.
As part of the SURF application process, you will compile the following documents into a single PDF file:
- Research proposal and reference section
- Personal statement
The pdf document should be titled LastName_GEV-SURF and emailed to Steven Goldsmith, PhD, the Undergraduate Environmental Program Director. Please note the SURF program has the same deadline as the VURF program, and only students that have applied to the VURF program will be considered for the SURF program.
The Department of Geography and the Environment is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Enhancing Diversity in Geography and the Environment (EDGE) Fellowship is designed to provide undergraduate student majors in the Department of Geography and the Environment from groups underrepresented in the disciplines of Geography, Environmental Science, and Environmental Studies with financial support to conduct research or pursue otherwise unpaid internship opportunities. Read more about the EDGE program.
The Department of Geography and the Environment encourages students to present their research at professional conferences and will provide modest financial support for conference travel. Undergraduate students must also apply to the Center for Research and Fellowships (CRF) travel grant, which will support travel up to $500. The Department may support student travel above the amount awarded by CRF as needed, or support travel that CRF is unable to fund. Students should submit their conference abstract and an itemized budget request to their faculty mentor (the materials required by CRF), who will then forward the request to the Department Chair along with a note about the amount of funding, if any, they are able to provide to support student travel.
College and University Resources
In addition to resources and opportunities through the Department of Geography and the Environment, Villanova provides support to undergraduate students in all aspects of their collegiate experience and beyond through the centralized services.
Research funding opportunities include:
- Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship (VURF)
- Summer Housing Award
- Villanova Match Research Program for First Year Students
- Falvey Scholars Award