Student Research

Undergraduate GW Sustainability Scholars Award

Congratulations to the 2019 class of GW Sustainability Scholars:

Through the generous support of both Wepa and the Division of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, and in partnership with SustainableGW, GW's Sustainability Scholars Awards give promising undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project under the guidance of a GW faculty member in their chosen fields of study. 

Five students were selected for GW's first cohort of Sustainabilty Scholars.  The students, faculty mentors, and their projects are:

 

Yoon Sil Choi, Major: Civil Engineering

Faculty Mentor: Danmeng Shuai, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Project: "Development of a Solar Photocatalytic Reactor for Sustainable Water Purification"

Recognizing that solar-energy-enabled photocatalysis is an advanced, yet sustainable oxidation process for water treatment, this project seeks to find an optimal design using graphitic carbon nitride as a photocatalyst for contaminent removal and disinfection.

 

Claire Franco, Majors: International Affairs and Geography

Faculty Mentor: Robert Orttung, Elliott School of International Affairs

Project: "Approaches to Addressing Food Insecurity Across Arctic Cities"

Given that Arctic cities typically rely on long supply chains for their food consumption, this project inquires into how best can these communities marshal their resources to ensure that their citizens have access to sufficient food supplies.

 

Kethelyn Papp, Major: International Affairs

Faculty Mentor: Maria de la Fuente, Romance, German, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Project: "Decarbonization of Chile"

As Chile strives to meet its obligations under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, this project seeks to investigate how Chile can achieve its intended national determined contribution by reducing its carbon emissions while still maintaining its energy security.

 

Adele Queener,  Major: Anthropology, Minor: Sustainability

Faculty Mentor: Hartmut Doebel, Biological Sciences

Project: "Biodiversity Survey of George Washington's Native Pollinators"

This proposed study seeks to characterize the diversity of pollinator populations of specific plant communities around the campus of George Washington University, as the university plants to re-landscape its green spaces, specifically G Street Park, and re-plant native plant species.

 

Sarah Zarsky, Major: Psychology, Minor: Organizational Sciences

Faculty Mentor: Tara Behrend, Organziational Sciences

Project: Workplace Tracking's Role in Sustainability

This project asks how employees are electronically monitored to encourage green behaviors and how such monitoring affects performance and workplace cultures.

Background on the Sustainability Scholars Award

 

Through the generous support of both Wepa and the Division of GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, and in partnership with SustainableGW, the Sustainability Research Fellowships give promising undergraduates the opportunity to engage in a well-defined research project under the guidance of a GW faculty member in their chosen fields of study.  Five research fellowships are available in this award cycle. Research experiences not only provide challenges and depth to students' education, but they also strengthen their applications for nationally competitive fellowships and for graduate and professional schools.

All research projects must be undertaken with ongoing input and direction from the faculty mentor. It is expected that the student and mentor will discuss their expectations regarding the time commitments of both parties, scope of research, and anticipated results (e.g., papers, presentations, performances, etc.) and arrive at a mutually agreeable understanding.

Proposed research projects must address GW’s vision for sustainability to create resource systems that are healthy and thriving for all, and may include research related to:
environmental issues;
social issues that can be applied to sustainable development such as human welfare, social equity issues or social / organizational / behavioral change;
economic issues that can be applied to sustainable development;
the interconnection of world resources and the human condition from a long-term perspective;
policy and communications issues that can be applied to sustainable development.

Eligibility:
Full-time, undergraduate student
Enrolled at GW (as an undergraduate) during the award period
Full-or part-time GW faculty members must serve as mentors
Proposed research projects must address GW’s vision for sustainability to create resource systems that are healthy and thriving for all (as defined above).

Funding Requirements:
$5,000 award must be used to support the student’s research-related expenses, which may include travel, research materials and equipment, and living expenses.
$1,000 stipend can be taken by faculty as supplemental salary. 

Application Materials:
Completed student application (research proposal of 2000 words or less, budget, project timeline)
Signed faculty statement of support
Unofficial transcripts (obtained from Colonial Central)
All materials must be submitted to the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research using their InfoReady portal: https://gwu.infoready4.com/#cufr.

Application Timeline:
Application opens on October 1, 2018.
Application deadline is December 14, 2018 at 11:59pm EST.
Faculty Review Committee will begin to evaluate proposals.
Award decisions (including waitlist) will be emailed to students and faculty mentors on January 15, 2019.
Awards must be accepted or declined by January 20, 2019.
Funds will be dispersed to award recipients by January 31, 2019.


Award Requirements:
All recipients are required to present their work at GW Research Days and/or The Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship.
Awards must be spent by June 30, 2019.
Students are encouraged to submit their final reports to an undergraduate research journal of their choosing. We further encourage students to include their final reports in GW ScholarSpace.

For additional information about this opportunity, please contact the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research at [email protected] or visit Academic Commons