Enhancing Diversity in Geography and the Environment Fellowship

The renewed energy and urgency around movements for social justice, in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others, call us to stand in solidarity against racism and inequality. The Black at Villanova Instagram account makes clear that there is much work to be done within the Villanova Community. These recent events reflect ongoing systematic and institutional exclusion of marginalized groups across society and within the disciplines of geography and environmental science. 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. Students who identify as members of underrepresented socio-cultural or geographic groups, including African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, economically disadvantaged individuals, persons with disabilities, and/or first-generation college students are invited to apply. This program will be funded by donations from alumni and friends of the Department wishing to support the fellowship. Through the EDGE Fellowship, the Department strives to provide research and internship opportunities for students from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups in an effort to promote equity and to diversify the academic disciplines represented in the Department for the benefit of all.

Contributions to the EDGE Fellowship Fund

This EDGE Fellowship will be supported in part by donations from alumni and friends of the Department wishing to support the fellowship.  

After entering the donation amount and selecting ‘Continue,’ specify ‘EDGE Fellowship’ in the gift designation section and then complete the payment process.

Students may apply for and receive an EDGE Fellowship to pursue research or internship opportunities in a variety of formats. These include:

  • Summer Research. A summer research fellowship to be conducted under the guidance of a faculty mentor in the Department of Geography and the Environment, or an alternate department with the permission of the Chair. The fellowship will be similar in structure to the University’s Villanova Undergraduate Research Fellowship (VURF) and Department’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) programs, consisting of a 10-week, 35 hours/week research commitment, on-campus housing, $3500 stipend, and up to $500 in research supplies. The EDGE fellow will participate in all VURF professional development and other programming, including the Villanova Student Research Symposium in the fall semester. All applicants for the EDGE Summer Research Fellowship are required to submit an application to the VURF program. EDGE Fellows may also, in consultation with their research advisor, elect to present at an applicable local/national conference. Additional funding to support expenses related to conference attendance is available and may be applied for through the Center for Research and Fellowships and/or the Department.
  • Academic Year Research. An academic year research fellowship to be conducted under the guidance of a faculty mentor in the Department of Geography and the Environment, or an alternate department with the permission of the Chair. An academic-year fellowship will consist of a 26-week (full year), 12 hours/week research commitment, $3500 stipend, and up to $500 in research supplies. The EDGE fellow will be responsible for presenting findings at either the Villanova Student Research Symposium in the following fall semester or an applicable local/national conference, as per agreement between the research advisor and EDGE fellow. Additional funding to support expenses related to conference attendance is available and may be applied for through the Center for Research and Fellowships and/or the Department. No academic credit for an EDGE Research Fellowship will be granted, and students will generally therefore not be eligible for a research fellowship in their senior year unless there is clear separation between the research project and the Senior Project/Thesis (GEV 6200/6210/6220).
  • Summer Internship. A summer internship with a company or nonprofit group in which the fellow gains experience relevant to their major. The internship placement will need to be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Students and the GEV Department Chair. The fellow will work a minimum of 150 hours on their internship and will receive a $1750 stipend and 3 credits (GEV 2993). Students working in excess of 300 hours are eligible for a stipend of $3500 and 6 credits (GEV 2996). Students may not work in excess of 350 hours on an internship under this fellowship. To receive the EDGE Fellowship, the internship may not be otherwise compensated. Students may apply to the EDGE Fellowship before an internship placement is secured but will need to provide evidence of work towards the internship before the EDGE Fellowship stipend will be disbursed. EDGE Fellows will apply for internships and be responsible for reporting requirements as specified by the Office of Undergraduate Students Internship Program. Rising Seniors may elect to have their internship count as their Senior Project (i.e., GEV 6200) requirement.
  • Academic Year Internship. An academic-year internship with a company or nonprofit group in which the fellow gains experience relevant to their major. The internship placement will need to be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Students and the GEV Department Chair. The fellow will work a minimum of 150 hours on their internship and will receive a $1750 stipend and 3 credits. Students working in excess of 300 hours are eligible for a stipend of $3500 and six credits. Students may not work in excess of 350 hours on an internship under this fellowship. To receive the EDGE Fellowship, the internship may not be otherwise compensated. Students may apply to the EDGE Fellowship before an internship placement is secured but will need to provide evidence of work towards the internship before the EDGE Fellowship stipend will be disbursed. EDGE Fellows will apply for internships and be responsible for reporting requirements as specified by the Office of Undergraduate Students Internship Program. Fellows conducting an internship during their Senior year may elect to have their internship count as their Senior Project (i.e., GEV 6200) requirement.

Full-time undergraduate students majoring in Geography, Environmental Studies, or Environmental Science, who meet the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences eligibility requirements for internships (for Fellows pursuing an internship) or the VURF program for research fellowships (for Fellows pursuing a research experience), and identify as members of underrepresented socio-cultural or geographic groups including African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, economically disadvantaged individuals, persons with disabilities, and/or first-generation college students are eligible to apply for the EDGE Fellowship.

Department of Geography and the Environment
Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Villanova University

Chair:
Dr. Nathaniel B. Weston

Undergraduate Program Directors:
Dr. Peleg Kremer (Environmental Studies)

Dr. Kabindra Shakya (Environmental Science)

Dr. Stephen Strader (Geography)

  

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