Stained glass from the Geography building at Clark

Student Grant, Fellowship and Research Assistantship Opportunities

American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
Student Member Recruitment
ASPRS offers thirteen awards totaling more than $35,000. These grants are available to both undergraduate- and graduate-student members of ASPRS and others, these resources have been generated with the intention of advancing academic and professional goals within the fields of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. ASPRS recognizes that the students are the future of these rapidly evolving fields and encourages all who are qualified to take advantage of the unique opportunities.

Geller Student Research Awards for Projects Relating to Sustainability
Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for Geller Student Research Awards. It is anticipated that there will be approximately three awards in amounts ranging from $1,500 to $2,000, and several smaller grants, up to $1,000.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
The NSF graduate research fellowship is offered to seniors and first-year graduate students. It provides a generous 12-month stipend and some university tuition remission. This is a very popular program with students and Clark currently has three graduate students who have been awarded this fellowship.

HERO Research Fellowships
The Human-Environment Regional Observatory (HERO) program is a unique undergraduate-graduate-faculty experience that engages in research on human-environment relationships in Massachusetts. HERO Fellows conduct hands-on research under the mentorship of Clark University faculty. The research conducted by HERO Fellows often leads to scholarly publications, presentations at academic conferences across the USA, and awards and honors. Apply for a HERO Fellowship

The Polaris Project
The Polaris Project will give undergraduate students the opportunity to witness the changing Arctic first-hand as they participate in a field course and research experience in northeastern Siberia. After completing the "Arctic System Science" course associated with the Polaris Project (GEOG/GES 119), a select group of undergraduate students will travel with project scientists to the Siberian Arctic. Once leaving the US in late June 2008, we’ll first spend a few days in Moscow, then travel to Yakutsk (capital of the Sakha Republic), and finally to the Northeast Science Station at Cherskiy (north of the Arctic Circle on the Kolyma River).

Students in the field course will be introduced to a variety of arctic environments including boreal forest, tundra, lakes, rivers, estuaries, and the coastal ocean, conduct their own mini research projects, and help project scientists plan extended field courses that will take place in 2009 and 2010. In fact, 1-2 of the student participants from 2008 will have the opportunity to return as course teaching assistants in 2009.

The interdisciplinary approach emphasized throughout the Polaris Project mirrors the way that complex environmental science is actually done. We’ll stress the links between the different environments and explore how climate change is impacting them. Students will work closely with leading scientists and share in the excitement of scientific discovery. The Polaris Project will be superb preparation for students wishing to pursue graduate studies in environmental sciences, but we seek a diverse student body which might also include non-science majors.

We expect that the Polaris Project will be an exceptional learning experience and tremendous adventure for all participants. You'll see an extremely remote part of the world, get a first-hand view of "global warming," conduct your own research project, and be part of a team of enthusiastic undergraduate students and scientists working together to understand the changing Arctic. If climate change, the Arctic, adventure, and teamwork appeal to you, please apply to participate in the Polaris Project 2008 field course in Siberia. Online applications are due February 1, 2008.

For more information, contact Dr. Karen Frey ( or visit