Scholarships & Awards

Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF) Student Scholarship Awards

TAF provides scholarships for undergraduate students. One or more scholarships of at least $1,000 may be awarded to eligible students majoring in CES

Eligibility Requirements

  • Declared CES major
  • Senior standing
  • Overall GPA of 3.30 of higher
  • Full-time student status

Application Procedures

  • A personal statement identifying their academic achievements and goals
  • Personal resume

Available Fall 2017

 

Candace Chun Memorial Scholarship Award

$2,000 Scholarship may be awarded to an incoming freshman student majoring in Coastal Environmental Science.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Declared CES major
  • Freshman who has not previously attended LSU
  • High School GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Full-time student status upon entering LSU and continuing through the fall and spring semesters of the student’s first year at LSU.

Application Procedures:

All applications must include the following items:

  • a copy of high school transcripts (an unofficial copy is okay)
  • a personal statement of no more than 500 words identifying the applicant’s interest in the coast & environment
  • personal resume with references.

All application materials must be received by March 15, 2017. A panel of CC&E faculty members will review applications. Scholarship recipient(s) will be named no later than April 3, 2017.

Award will be funded for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters, one half during the fall semester, and one half during the spring semester, and recipient must continue to meet the award eligibility requirements of full-time student status and declared CES major to receive the award in the subsequent semester.

Application materials can be mailed to the address below or emailed with the subject line of “Candace Chun Memorial Scholarship” to vwilson@lsu.edu.

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

 

 

Coypu Endowed Scholarship in Coastal Environmental Science for Workforce Development Award

$1,500 scholarship may be awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in Coastal Environmental Science.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Declared CES major
  • earned more than 30 hours of college credit
  • Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • full time student status
  • declaration of career goals with the intention of ultimately pursuing a position that supports the societal and environmental needs of coastal regions (see below).

Application Procedures:

Applicants must provide:

  • a personal statement regarding involvement in activities related to the environment
  • a brief statement identifying their academic achievements and goals that includes intention to ultimately seek a position “such as environmental pollution technician, restoration planner, air/water quality specialist, environmental manager, environmental policy-maker, or other position that responds directly or immediately to current societal and environmental needs of coastal regions;
  • personal resume.

All application materials must be received by June 2, 2017.

The CC&E Executive Committee will review the applications, and the Coypu Endowed Scholarship recipient will be named no later than August 1, 2017.  Award will be funded for the fall 2017 semester and recipient must maintain full-time status to receive the award.

 

 

Bert Turner Memorial Scholarship Award

$1,500 may be awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in Coastal Environmental Science.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Declared CES major
  • a 2.50 GPA or higher
  • full-time student status at the time of award
  • Recipient may retain scholarship provided he/she continues to meet the eligibility requirements.

Application Procedures:

Applicants must provide

  • a copy of high school transcripts (if an incoming freshman)
  • a 2.50 GPA or higher
  • a personal statement of no more than 500 words identifying their interest in the coast & environment
  • personal resume

All application materials must be received by March 31, 2017.

 

Members of the CC&E Executive Committee under the direction of the Dean of CC&E will review applications.  The announcement of the scholarship recipient will take place at or before the spring CC&E Awards Convocation held each year in April or May.  The scholarship award is funded during the following academic year, one half during the fall semester, and one half during the spring semester, and recipient must continue to meet the award eligibility requirements to receive the award in the subsequent semester.

 

Andrew “Drew” Wilbert Memorial Scholarship Award

$1,000 scholarship may be awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in Coastal Environmental Science.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Declared CES major
  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing
  • Overall GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • full time student status

Application Procedures:

Applicants must provide

  • a personal statement identifying their academic achievements and goals
  • a brief statement regarding involvement in activities related to the environment
  • personal resume.

All application materials must be received by March 31, 2017.

Members of the CC&E Executive Committee will review applications.  The announcement of the scholarship recipients will take place at or before the Spring CC&E Awards Convocation held each year in April or May.  Award will be funded for the fall 2017 semester and recipient must continue to meet the award eligibility requirements to receive the award.

 

CC&E Undergraduate Scholarship Award

$500 may be awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in Coastal Environmental Science.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Declared CES major
  • Overall GPA of 3.00 or higher
  • full-time student status at the time of the award.

Application Procedures:

Applicants must provide

  • a personal statement identifying their academic achievements and goals
  • a brief statement regarding involvement in activities related to the environment
  • personal resume.

All application materials must be received by March 31, 2017.

Members of the CC&E Executive Committee will review applications.  The announcement of the scholarship recipients will take place at or before Spring CC&E Awards Convocation held each year in April or May.  The scholarship award is funded during the following academic year, one half during the fall semester, and one half during the spring semester, and recipient must continue to meet the award eligibility requirements to receive the award in the subsequent semester. 

 

Research Opportunities

Undergraduates in the sciences often participate in research projects, either as independent projects with a faculty mentor or working directly on faculty or graduate student research projects. Research experience puts the concepts learned in the classroom to use in a practical “real-world” setting. Coastal Environmental Sciences requires at least two credit hours of research as part of the curriculum for the degree. This research experience can be approached through several mechanisms:

Undergraduate Student Assistants. Students may assist on-going research projects being conducted by faculty or graduate students, often including a wide range of laboratory, field, and computer-related activities. Students should investigate faculty websites to find areas of interest and contact individual faculty members about possible positions in the laboratory with them or their students. Research credit hours are documented volunteer time. However, these positions can often result in student employment while enrolled at LSU.

Independent Study Research Hours (ENVS 3999 or OCS 400). Students can receive up to six credit hours to perform their own research project working under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The student proposes, plans and executes a research project. Usually a written report of the project is required upon completion. Contact a specific faculty member about the possibility of doing this type of research.

Honors Thesis Projects. CES majors in the LSU Honors College may complete their two-hour research requirement while completing their Honors College thesis. Students work under the supervision of a faculty member to complete a research project and must write and defend a thesis of their results.

Summer Research Opportunities. Dozens of research opportunities are offered annually around the United States at other institutions. Students are encouraged to participate in these programs where possible. Often summer research programs provide room and board and some stipend for the participants. For a list of potential sites to investigate more opportunities, see below.

List of Research programs and Opportunities

The following partial list of programs that offer summer internships and other research opportunities. See links for specific information.

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs)http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm
When searching the REU site, be aware that many interesting opportunities are available all over the US and internationally. Follow links from the NSF REU site to the individual REU program for specific information. Contact and deadlines will vary by project. Relevant environmental or coastal science links within the REU program may be

  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering
  • International Science and Engineering
  • Ocean Sciences
  • Physics
  • Polar programs
  • Social Behaviour and Economic Sciences

NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship and Internship Program

http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/Hollings_info.html

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers this program to develop students’ environmental stewardship of the oceans and to aide in recruiting high quality future scientists into the federal government or education. Funds are for up to $8000 for tuition and fees plus a 10-week internship at a NOAA facility. 

Contact Email: StudentScholarshipPrograms@noaa.gov
Application deadline: early fall, August-September 
Length: scholarship + 10-week summer internship

 

Louisiana SeaGrant College Program:

Undergraduate research opportunities program (UROP) is developed to provide a small funding base for innovative and inquisitive students to obtain wages, science costs, and necessary travel to perform an independent research project. Maximum awards are $2500. Typically about 9 to 10 awards may be distributed annually. http://www.laseagrant.org/studentresearch/urop/index.html
Contact: Dave Nieland 
Email: dniela@lsu.edu
Tel: 225-578-6373 
Application deadline: November-December 
Start dates: March 
Length: up to one year

 

GeoCorps™ America, Geological Society of America:

https://rock.geosociety.org/geocorps/index.htm
Temporary paid summer positions in National Parks, National Forests, and Bureau of Land Management areas performing activities such as monitoring movement of glaciers, conducting watershed and stream surveys, developing and conducting educational programs, preparing museum specimens, and many other activities. Opportunities vary every summer. Announcements of possible positions are made in December for following summer. Lodging (or lodging allowance) provided +$2500 stipend. Must be a GSA member to participate. Student fees are $30 to join. 
Application Deadline: February 
Length: 3 months

 

Teach for America:

http://www.teachforamerica.org/index.htm
An organization designed with the specific mission to address educational inequality in America, Teach for America places the nation’s brightest and most promising leaders in classrooms where they are needed most. The program offers summer internships for students who have not yet graduated and would like to learn more about education. Check with the home office for specific information.http://www.teachforamerica.org/admissions/faqs/faq_applying.htm#undergrad_not_graduating
Email: staffing@teachforamerica.org

 

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) Summer Internships:

http://www.lumcon.edu/reu/default.asp
LUMCON is an active field research station located in Cocodrie, Louisiana. The summer internship program offers qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to work with individual scientists on various marine, wetland, and environmental projects (vary year-to-year). Check out the website for the current listing of available internships for the upcoming summer. 
http://www.lumcon.edu/reu/HowtoApply.asp
Application Deadline: April 1 
Length: June 8 – August 1, 8 weeks
Email: ncotten@lumcon.edu

 

Scripps Oceanographic Institution, Marine Physical Laboratory:

http://www.mpl.ucsd.edu/news/mpl.internships.html
MPL is looking for inquisitive and motivated undergraduate students with a strong background in quantitative science. Undergraduate college students who are considering a career in scientific research are encouraged to apply for a summer research internship in marine science and technology at the Marine Physical Laboratory, Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Summer hourly Intern salary is provided, not to exceed 40 hours per week. 
Email: mpl-internship@ucsd.edu
Application Deadline : March 
Length: 10 weeks

 

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Undergraduate Programs:

http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=7802
Student summer fellowships, minority fellowships, and guest students are invited to apply for opportunities to participate in research at WHOI. Students must at least be junior or senior level undergraduates or higher to apply.
Fellowships Information 
Email:
 education@whoi.edu
Application Deadline: February 1 
Length: 10 to 12 weeks

 

Guest Student Program Information: 

Email: guest-student-coordinator@whoi.edu
Application Deadline: rolling 
Length: variable

 

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate:

http://www.unc.edu/agep/undergraduate/
Student summer research fellowships are available to underrepresented or minority students for faculty-student mentoring to encourage more students from these groups to enter academia. Must be a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing. 
Email: kathy_wood@unc.edu
Application Deadline: August 1 
Length: 10 to 12 weeks

 

Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Program:

This is an opportunity for students to receive a full scholarship to a university and participate in summer internship/research appointments between academic years while in college with the US Department of Defense. All students must be in good academic standing and be willing to work for DoD after graduation. Must also be a US citizen to apply.
Email: smart@asee.org
Application Deadline: December 15 
Length: variable

 

Sustainability Themed Internship Abroad at Kalu Yala, Panama

for details please visit their site at http://www.kaluyalainternships.com

More Information

All letters are to be addressed to:

CC&E Director of Undergraduate Programs
Coastal Environmental Science
Dean’s Office
College of the Coast & Environment
Room 1002
Energy, Coast & Environment Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA  70803

For more information on scholarships within the College of the Coast and Environment, please contact:

Dr. Vincent Wilson
578-1753
vwilson@lsu.edu

 

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