HERO: Human-Environment Regional Observatory

HERO Fellowship


Summer 2016: May 23 - July 15

Research Areas

This summer, HERO focused on a continued analysis of tree survivor-ship, looking at trees planted by the Worcester Tree Initiative (WTI) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), including street trees; tree inventory and mapping mixed with surveys and interviews; and dynamics of the tree planting programs and stewardship. These particular focus areas have incorporated research skills such as tree surveying and GIS/RS analysis, social research (e.g. interviews or focus groups), and qualitative data analysis.

Program Timeline

The 2016 HERO program accepted continuing current undergraduate Clark students. The summer program ran from Monday, May 23rd to Friday, July 15th (with weekends and two paid holidays off - Memorial Day and July 4th), and research will continue throughout the following academic year via weekly meetings, sporadic presentations, and thesis composition (students will enroll in a directed research credit for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017).


HERO Fellows are awarded a stipend for the eight weeks of full-time research, and will also receive academic credit during the year. Additionally, HERO Fellows will have many opportunities for publications, presentations, honors, and awards, as well as funding for attendance to present their research at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) annual scholarly meeting to an audience of like-minded scholars and professionals.

How to Apply

Based on a competitive application process, each year the HERO program selects a diverse group of undergraduate students to be HERO Fellows. HERO values students who demonstrate energetic and inquisitive minds, and who are fearless when charting new intellectual territory. Previous course work in research methods (Geog 141 or equivalent), and human or environmental geography — such as urban and population studies, GIS, landscape ecology, land-use planning, statistics and remote sensing — is helpful but not required. There is no minimum GPA or required class standing, but evidence of outstanding scholarly and professional potential is essential. Students must also still be enrolled full time as undergraduates during the Fall of 2016.


Applications for next summer (2017) will be posted early in the upcoming spring semester.

If you have questions about applying to HERO, contact:

Rachel Levitt
Administrative Assistant to Director & Assoc. Director HERO

Dr. John Rogan
Associate Professor of Geography
Director, HERO Program

Clark University School of Geography
950 Main Street | Worcester, MA 01610