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Summer 2019

Program Timeline
May 20-July 12, 2019

students planting treesThe 2019 HERO program will accept continuing current undergraduate Clark students. The summer program will run from Monday, May 20, to Friday, July 12 (Mondays through Fridays), and research will continue throughout the following academic year via weekly meetings, sporadic presentations, and thesis composition (students enroll in a directed research credit for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020).

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HERO Fellows are awarded a $3,500 stipend for the eight weeks of full-time research and also receive academic credit during the year. Additionally, HERO Fellows have many opportunities for publications, presentations, honors, and awards, as well as funding for attendance to present their research at the 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 semester following the summer program.


Students must complete the online application, including the names of two Clark faculty members as references, a copy of an unofficial academic transcript, and a personal statement essay (three pages maximum) for submission.

All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, February 25, 2019.

Contact Information

Graduate School of Geography

If you have questions about applying to HERO, contact:
  • Rachel Levitt
    Program Administrator, Graduate School of Geography
    Administrative Assistant to the Director and Associate Director of HERO
  • rlevitt[at]clarku[dot]edu
  • John Rogan
    Professor of Geography
    Director, HERO Program
  • jrogan[at]clarku[dot]edu
Office Information
  • Clark University School of Geography
    950 Main Street
    Worcester, MA 01610
  • 1-508-793-7336