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Environmental Science Research Opportunities & Collaborations

  • UMM Students

The Environmental Science major at Morris is designed to graduate future problem-solvers, professionals who have the tools to answer questions that have yet to be asked.

There are several locations on campus or nearby where students can participate in research or conduct projects of their own. The West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) and the biofuel generator are on-campus facilities hosting ongoing projects. Environmental Science students also intern at West Central Environmental Consulting in Morris.


Financial support for student research is available through several venues. University funding opportunities are consolidated at the Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE).

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) is a University-wide program that provides academically talented students the opportunity to earn up to $1,400 assisting faculty with scholarly and creative projects.
  • The Morris Academic Partners program (MAP) is unique to the Morris campus and provides paid research partnerships to academically talented, qualified third-year students. The standard stipend is $2,000.
  • Student work in environmental science has also been funded by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and Community Assistance Program (CAP).
  • Faculty research funding obtained independently via grants or from other awards may also create paid positions for students to assist in research projects.
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) funding interface provides a wealth of grant possibilities to help undergraduate students pursue independent research or to assist with ongoing research projects as an intern or paid assistant.