HERO: Human-Environment Regional Observatory

HERO Fellowship


Summer 2016: May 23 - July 15

Research Areas

This summer, research will focus on tree survivor-ship, tree inventory and mapping mixed with surveys and interviews, and dynamics of the tree planting programs and stewardship. The particular focus of summer 2016 will depend in part on the students selected, but will definitely include tree surveying and GIS/RS analysis, and may include social research such as interviews or focus groups, and qualitative data analysis, pending need and group interest.

Program Timeline

The 2016 HERO program will be accepting continuing current undergraduate Clark students. The summer program will run from Monday, May 23rd to Friday, July 15th (with weekends and two paid holidays off - Memorial Day and July 4th), and research will continue throughout the following academic year via weekly meetings, sporadic presentations, and thesis composition (students will enroll in a directed research credit for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017).


HERO Fellows are awarded a stipend for the eight weeks of full-time research, and will also receive academic credit during the year. Additionally, HERO Fellows will have many opportunities for publications, presentations, honors, and awards, as well as funding for attendance to present their research at the 2017 Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual scholarly meeting to an audience of like-minded scholars and professionals.

How to Apply

Based on a competitive application process, each year the HERO program selects a diverse group of undergraduate students to be HERO Fellows. HERO values students who demonstrate energetic and inquisitive minds, and who are fearless when charting new intellectual territory. Previous course work in research methods (Geog 141 or equivalent), and human or environmental geography — such as urban and population studies, GIS, landscape ecology, land-use planning, statistics and remote sensing — is helpful but not required. There is no minimum GPA or required class standing, but evidence of outstanding scholarly and professional potential is essential. Students must also still be enrolled full time as undergraduates during the Fall of 2016.


Applications can be picked up in the Geography Main Office (Jefferson 220), or downloaded at the below link.
Students must include the names of two Clark faculty members as references, a copy of an unofficial academic transcript and a personal essay with their application.

>> Clark HERO Summer 2016 Application << (PDF Form)
Applications must be submitted by February 15, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST
Email applications and supplementary materials to heroadmissions@clarku.edu

If you have questions about applying to HERO, contact:

Rachel Levitt
Administrative Assistant to Director & Assoc. Director HERO

Dr. John Rogan
Associate Professor of Geography
Director, HERO Program

Clark University School of Geography
950 Main Street | Worcester, MA 01610