HERO: Human-Environment Regional Observatory

HERO Summer Research Fellowship

Summer 2017: May 22 - July 14

Research Areas

This summer, HERO will focus 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 will incorporate 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 2017 HERO program will accept continuing current undergraduate Clark students. The summer program will run from Monday, May 22nd to Friday, July 14th (Mondays through Fridays), 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 2017 and Spring 2018).


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 2017.


Applications can be picked up in the Geography Main Office (Jefferson 220), or downloaded below. All application materials must be submitted to heroadmissions@clarku.edu or delivered in person to Rachel Levitt in the Geography Office.

Students must include the names of two Clark faculty members as references, a copy of an unofficial academic transcript and a personal essay with their application.

All application materials must be submitted by 5pm EST on February 15th, 2017.

Click here to download the Summer 2017 HERO Application [PDF]

If you have questions about applying to HERO, contact:

Rachel Levitt
Undergraduate Program Coordinator, School of Geography
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