Research Opportunities

UMW students presenting their research at a Geological Society of America conference.

Working closely with a faculty advisor, qualified junior and senior environmental science students may choose to pursue  independent research or an off campus internship. The choice of research topics is up to you and your advisor; many students enlist in existing faculty research while others pursue original ideas.  Internship opportunities can be developed with the input of departmental faculty and UMW’s Career Services, and often include government and private industry employment   A few examples of recent student/faculty collaborative projects:

  • Study of the Macrobenthic Community of Hazel Run, Spotsylvania County,Virginia
  • Analysis of Periphyton Community Structure in Mine Run, Orange County,Virginia After Refined Oil Products Spill
  • Study of Forested Riparian Buffer for Reduction of Non-Point SourcePollution in the Rappahannock River Basin
  • Preliminary Ecological Assessment of Massaponnax Creek, Spotsylvania County, Virginia
  • Ecological studies within the proposed Celebrate Virginia site