The HMEI Environmental Scholars Program provides students with up to $16,000 over a two-year period to pursue an independent research project that culminates in field study as an integral component of junior and senior independent work. Scholars are supervised and mentored by a Princeton faculty member in the summer following their sophomore year and on a continuous basis. Students are nominated to apply during the fall semester of their sophomore year and selection is made by committee. The program is honorific and rewards students who have shown exceptional promise in their academic coursework and in select HMEI summer internships.
The Environmental Scholars Program was established in 2011 with an inaugural gift from Elizabeth A. Smith and Ray E. Newton III ’86 in support of advanced undergraduate scholarship in environmental studies. Awards are structured to cover the costs of a qualified summer research apprenticeship and/or research expenses associated with independent field study connected to curricular junior/senior independent work.
Contact Emily Ahmetaj, Internship Program Manager, with any questions regarding the program.
Yaxin Duan, Class of 2023, in chemical and biological engineering, “Direct Visualization of Chemotactic Bacteria Behavior in Transparent Porous Media,” Sujit Datta, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
Chirag Kumar, Class of 2023, undeclared, “Integrating Climate into Fungal Pathogenic Evolutionary Models,” Ramanan Laxminarayan, Senior Research Scholar, High Meadows Environmental Institute.
Aneesha Manocha, Class of 2023, in electrical and computer engineering, “Macro-Energy System Modeling in India to Find Least-Cost Decarbonization Pathways,” Jesse Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
Hannah Reynolds, Class of 2022, in anthropology, “A Study on Biocultural Diversity: Indigenous Language Loss and the Loss of Biodiversity,” Christiane Fellbaum, lecturer with the rank of professor in the Council of the Humanities, linguistics, the freshman seminars, and computer science.
|2019||Maria Stahl ’20||EEB||Robert Pringle||Effects of Fire on Herbivore Behavior in the African Savanna|
|2019||Cole Morokhovich ’20||EEB||Mary Caswell Stoddard||Investigating the Effects of Climate Change on Broad-tailed Hummingbird Pollination Behavior in the Rocky Mountains|
|2018||Jack Lohmann ’19||ENG||Rob Nixon||The Sentencing of Nauru|
|2018||Luke Carabbia ’19||EEB||Christina Riehl||Parental Feeding Decisions in the Greater Ani|
|2018||Tess Jacobson ’19||GEO||Gabriel Vecchi||Impact of Global Radiative Perturbations on Large Scale Planetary Hydroclimate|
|2018||Daniel Petticord ’19||EEB||Robert Pringle||The Ecology of the Leopard Tortoise|
|2018||Zachariah Smart ’19||EEB||Christina Riehl||The Effects of El Niño Southern Oscillation on the Reproductive Biology of the Greater Ani (Crotophaga major), a Neotropical Insectivorous Bird,|
|2017||Emily Geyman ’19||GEO||Adam Maloof||How Do Carbonates Record Sea Level and Seawater Chemistry?|
|2016||Josh Murray ’18||GEO||Blair Schoene||A Deterministic Approach to Geochemical Stratigraphy|
|2016||William Atkinson ’18||GEO||Satish Myneni||The Effect of Minerals on Organic Carbon Stability in Diverse Soil Environments|
|2015||Zoe Sims ‘17||EEB||Stephen Pacala||Coral Reef Acclimatization to Climate Change: Phenotypic Tradeoffs and Environmental Consequences|
|2015||Adrian Tasistro-Hart ‘17||CEE||Adam Maloof||Testing Milankovitch Theory with Late Cretaceous Lake Deposits in Bolivia|
|2015||Marcus Spiegel ‘17||GEO||Kelly Caylor||Modeling Agricultural Expansion in Zambia to Predict and Minimize Tradeoffs|
|2015||Paul Yi ‘17||GEO||Sonya Legg||Process Simulations of Tidally Driven Internal Waves over Rough Topography|
|2014||Alison Campion ‘16||GEO||Adam Maloof||Late Paleozoic Ice Age: Carbon and Oxygen Isotopes in Carbonate Parasequences|
|2014||Elliot Chang ’16||CEE||Adam Wolf||The Use of Alginate and Chitosan to Purify Leaf Distillates of Organic Contaminants|
|2013||Rebecca Haynes ’15||EEB||David Wilcove, Andrew Dobson||A Study of Polices and Attitudes Concerning the Conservation of Central American Felines|
|2013||Zhaonan Qu ‘15||MA||Robert Goldston||Lithium Cooling in Tokamak Scrape-off Layer|