+ Research – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \

In the Lab

Most of our environmental studies students are actively engaged in a research or field study project each semester. Whether in state-of-the-art facilities on campus, with the Finger Lakes Institute or with local environmental organizations, these students are getting the hands-on experience that makes them stand out in the job market. Student grant opportunities are available to Environmental Studies majors at HWS. New Spring 2014: The Carver and DeLaney Family Environmental Studies Endowment seeks to encourage and support student sustainability projects on the Hobart and William Smith campus and in local communities. Grant funding (up to $1000) can be used toward supplies, materials and travel expenses. Students must obtain a staff or faculty project advisor. Awards are determined by the Office of Sustainability, in consultation with the Finger Lakes Institute, Environmental Studies program, and others on campus. Awards are based on criteria such as: anticipated impact on campus and/or local community sustainability efforts, student and project support by advising faculty/staff, and feasibility of the project. Guidelines for Proposals The Environmental Research Fund supports environmental research projects in the amount of $250 - $1,000, which can be used for supplies, materials and travel expenses. Students enrolled in ENV 450 Independent Study or ENV 400/401 Senior Integrative Experience may apply. Early Career students are also encouraged to apply for this fund. Selection will be based on criteria such as: relevance to environmental studies, student motivation, preference to students early in their careers, feasibility of the project and student academic record. The Selection Committee is made up of both students and faculty. Guidelines for Proposals The Kloman Fellowship Fund is designed to underwrite Hobart or William Smith student research projects about whales and the natural environment up to $1,000, which may be used for supplies, materials, travel and living expenses. Students work with a faculty sponsor. Selection is determined by the Kloman Fund Selection Committee and is based on criteria such as: relevance to Kloman's interests, student motivation, feasibility of the project and the student's academic record. Guidelines for Proposals

Summer Research Projects

  • Sandro Carboni, Alyssa Kelly, & Noelle Nichols, 2017. “Sustainable Living and Learning Community (SLLC) Program: Assessing an Innovative Approach to Sustainability Education” Faculty sponsor: Lewis

Honors Projects

  • Sarah Kloos, 2018. “Same But Different: Investigating Claims to Authenticity of Vietnamese Cuisine in Cleveland, Ohio.” Faculty advisor: Lewis
  • Quincey Johnson, 2016. “Fine-scale aboveground carbon distribution of forests with varying lithology: A comparison across two watersheds” Faculty advisor: Brubaker

Independent Study Projects

  • Davis Ryan, 2018. "An analysis of flexible solar power for military applications." Faculty sponsor: Drennen.
  • Lily Cantral, 2018. Rainfall variability through the Finger Lakes Region. Faculty sponsor: Halfman.
  • Shivam Tewari, 2018. “The Potential Market Diffusion of Electriv Vehicles and its Effect on US Carbon Emissions.” Faculty sponsor: Drennen
  • Brett Friedberg, 2017. “The NOVO Model : A novel market-based approach for reducing CO2 emissions.” Faculty sponsor: Drennen
  • Hector Guzman, 2017. Waste to Energy. Faculty sponsor: Halfman.
  • Emily Ott, 2017. Rainfall Variability through the Finger Lakes Region. Faculty sponsor: Halfman.
  • Mitchell Beyer, 2017. Riparian Buffer and Habitat Restoration behind the Environmental Studies House. Faculty sponsor: Brubaker
  • Mary Catherine Kolwaski, 2016. Property Assessments in the Seneca Lake Watershed. Faculty sponsor: Halfman.
  • Michael Conte, 2016. “Out with the old, in with the new: Vere Sandal Company, sustainability, and social innovation,” Sustainable Community Development Program (Community Partner: Vere Sandal Company. Faculty sponsor: Lewis
  • Marion Marsh, 2016. “Beesearch: From novice to beekeeping expert in 15 weeks (or less),” Environmental Studies Program & Finger Lakes Institute Food Systems Program. Faculty sponsor: Lewis
  • Kalley Matthews, 2016. “Community outreach through the Greens Growing Project,” Environmental Studies Program & Finger Lakes Institute Food Systems Program (Community Partner: Geneva Community Lunch Program). Faculty sponsor: Lewis
  • Jeffrey Rizza, Katie Rogan & Rachael Best, 2016. “Farming without soil: An educational aquaponics system for HWS and the community.” Faculty sponsor: Lewis
  • Patrick Ware, 2016. “Using GIS to analyze relative property values in Geneva.” Faculty sponsor: Brubaker
  • Timothy Dirgins, 2016. “Identifying patterns of land use change at the Finger Lakes National Forest using historic aerial imagery.” Faculty sponsor: Brubaker