International Research

Researching fair trade coffee in Guatemala

Thanks to our Mellon-funded SGE initiative, up to six Lewis & Clark ENVS majors or minors annually received a $1000 or $2500 support stipend to pursue an internationally based situated environmental research project; view Mellon-funded projects to browse for past funded international student research. This award helped students pursue research following the completion of an overseas programs (via the $1000 stipend), or return to an overseas site for summer research (via the $2500 stipend).

Below were the requirements for international stipend proposals.

  • You must be a current or prospective ENVS major or minor who has completed ENVS 160 (Introduction to Environmental Studies) and ENVS 220 (Environmental Analysis) by the time your funded research commences
  • Your proposed research must follow the situated approach featured in our SGE initiative, and must necessitate travel outside of the U.S.
  • You may apply either individually or in collaboration with another researcher, but each student will separately complete the below

Make sure to do the following by the above deadline:

  1. Schedule an appointment with Jim Proctor, the Mellon Initiative Director, to discuss your general research ideas and get initial feedback.
  2. It is highly advisable to register for an ENVS 499 independent study prior to submitting your proposal! Typically, you will take two credits prior to traveling overseas, and two upon your return for four total. This will give you plenty of time to work with a research advisor in preparing your proposal.
  3. Submit your research proposal by adding (or modifying) a research project record on the SGE site (note: if a collaborative proposal, each student completes their own project record). You will follow all instructions on the project record form and SGE site use overview, making sure you justify the relevance and feasibility of your proposed research in the Background section! In addition to completing all standard fields on the form, please add this extra information in the Other field:
    • A brief background on your current class level and status as an ENVS major or minor, including all current/completed ENVS core courses and courses related to your research
    • Whether you are applying for a $1000 or $2500 stipend, and your travel timetable including how long you expect to do research at an international location via the stipend
    • How you intend to benefit as an ENVS major (e.g., by completing a thesis on the topic) or minor as a result of this stipend
    • If a collaborative project with another student researcher, make sure to note how you will collaborate
  4. When all the above is complete, notify Prof. Proctor via a brief email.

Proposals will be rated by the ENVS faculty and steering committee based on three equally weighted criteria: (a) appropriateness of the project theme as an exemplar of situated environmental research, (b) level of interdisciplinarity, innovativeness, and feasibility of the project research design, and (c) potential of the research to result in significant scholarly benefits to the student(s). Decisions will be finalized within approximately one month of the submission deadline. If a project is not supported, it may be resubmitted for consideration in future.

Funded students will agree to participate in a variety of social learning communications and events, both during and following the project, designed so that other LC students may benefit from their project. Additionally, all funded researchers will follow Lewis & Clark’s policy of completing an online training course on responsible conduct of research. One-fifth of the stipend will be reserved until completion of these communications and events, as well as any related ENVS 499 requirements if done in conjunction with an independent study.