George Perkins Marsh Institute

Graduate and Undergraduate Opportunities at Marsh

The 2014-15 Albert, Norma and Howard Geller '77 Endowed Research Awards for Projects Relating to Sustainability

The History of the Albert, Norma and Howard '77 Geller Endowed Research Awards: The Geller Student Research Awards were established by the family of Dr. Howard Geller. Howard graduated from Clark in 1977 with a degree in Physics and in Science, Technology and Society (now Environmental Science and Policy). He earned graduate degrees at Princeton and the University of Sao Paolo an became the first executive director of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE). After twenty years of accomplishments at ACEEE, including contributions to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act of 1987 and the Energy Policy Act of 1992, he left ACEEE to found and direct the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) in 2001. Remembering his own experience as an activist student researcher at Clark, through these annual awards Howard hopes to support other Clark students as they combine research with action that moves society toward sustainability. Click here for details on this years application.

Below is the list of students who received the research award for the Fall 2013*:

  • Maria Gabriela Jijon Nemalceff, "The Effect of Land Cover on Freshwater Macroinvertebrate Communities in the East Branch Swift River, Petersham, Massachusetts." $1,492.00
  • Padini Nirmal, "Sustainable Development or Sustained Dispossession? Indigenous Politics of Sustainability in Attappady, Kerala." $2,365.00
  • Yue Sun, "Using High Spatio-temporal Resolution Temperature Data to Compute Daily Estimates of Ambient Temperature around Clark University and its Surrounding Neighborhood." $90.00
  • Rachel Sorenson, "Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy: An Analysis of Photovoltaic Systems for Rural Development in Peru." $2,400.00
  • Corey Dickinson, "Study on the Ecological Succession of Invasive Plant Species in Postindustrial Areas on the Island Nation of Nauru." $1,500.00
  • Zikang Zhou & Xiao Xiao, "Analyzing the Residential Health Risk Index within Radio Frequency Coverage Area by GIS Techniques: A Study of Pilot Smart Energy Solutions Program in Worcester, MA." $1,380.00
  • Katherine Foo, "Governing Urban Trees: Information, Institutions, and Entrepreneurialism in Boston, Baltimore, and Philadelphia." $2,305.00
  • Teresa-Laura-Maria Bornschlegl, "Environmental Law Enforcement in the Hydrocarbon Sector in Ecuador." $2,305.00

*Awardees were selected by a panel of Clark University faculty representing multiple departments. The selection process was overseen by the George Perkins Marsh Institute. For additional details contact Robert J. Johnston, Director fo the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

NOAA Internship Opportunities


The George Perkins Marsh Institute announces a competitive internship program for Clark University undergraduate students interested in ocean, coastal and atmospheric research. This program is sponsored by the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the George Perkins Marsh Institute, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.

Through this program, scientists and managers with NOAA are partnering with Clark University to offer qualified undergraduate students paid summer field internships for summer 2015. Opportunities will be available in NOAA labs and offices nationwide, working in fields such as applied ocean and atmospheric science, policy, and science communication. Each student's summer activities will be overseen by a NOAA scientist or manager, an advised by a Clark faculty mentor. Internships will be offered in natural and social sciences, and are for a period of approximately 10 weeks. Starting dates are flexible, but most internships will begin in June and end in August. Interns will be selected on a competitive basis, and will receive a summer stipend of $4000.

Click here for the application (word file) and the job listings. Student applications are due on February 24th. We anticipate placing three interns from Clark during summer 2015. Any questions should be directed to Robert J. Johnston, Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

Other Research Opportunities

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Our faculty are not just teachers and scholars. They care about what happens in each student's progress to academic maturity, acting as mentors, respecting individual learning styles, and taking pride in pushing each student beyond his or her own expectations. That's why our faculty of experts give undergraduates the unique chance to work side by side with them.

Our faculty of experts give undergraduates the unique chance to work side by side with them.

Today, more than 50 percent of the undergraduate students are involved in research with a faculty member. You can find out more about pursuing academic research by talking to your faculty advisor or the head of your chosen major. Plans are also in the works for a Virtual Research Center, where research opportunities will be posted on this site. Watch for more information in the next few months.