PSM Defense Announcement

We are pleased to announce that our Environmental Sciences graduate student, Haoyang Lyu, will defend for their Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree as follows:

Date: December 4th, 2020 at 10:00am pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Title: “Community Garden Sustainable Agricultural Management”.

Abstract is attached.

Links to Zoom meeting available by contacting

Topic: Lyu, Haoyang Defense

Time: Dec 4, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

PSM Defense Announcement

We are pleased to announce that our Environmental Sciences graduate student, Emily Wolff, will defend for their Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree as follows:

Date: December 3, 2020 from 10:00 – 12:00 pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Title: The COVID-19 effects on Transportation and Greenhouse Gases 

Abstract: To fulfill the requirement of the Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Sciences, I served as a Transportation Planning Intern for WSP USA in Portland, Oregon. WSP is a global business providing project management and consulting services to the built and natural environment via transportation, building, water and environment, energy, federal programs and advisory services expertise. As an Intern on the Portland planning team, I provided support and assistance to a variety of transportation projects across the region while investigating the impacts of COVID-19 on transportation and greenhouse gasses in Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

This study analyzes how COVID-19 state-wide shutdowns impacted traffic patterns using traffic count data in vehicles per hour (VPH) from January 2017 through August 2020. Traffic information is further compared to known greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions data by vehicle type for a deeper understanding of how COVID-19 has affected transportation related GHGs. All of the 12 highways in this study experienced significant declines in on-road traffic correlated with COVID-19 shutdowns in March 2020. Passenger car travel has the highest associated GHG emissions and declined most significantly compared to other vehicle types. Heavy-duty trucks are the second biggest on-road emitters and their traffic increased during COVID-19, but this vehicle category also experienced increased speed and efficiency. These findings suggest significant reductions in transportation-related GHG emissions due to COVID-19. Wolff, Emily Sarah is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: The COVID-19 effects on Transportation and Greenhouse Gases
Time: Dec 3, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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PSM Defense Announcement

We are pleased to announce that our Environmental Sciences graduate student, Hannah Griffith will defend their Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree as follows:

When: Dec. 1, 2020 at 2:00pm Pacific Time

Title: Developing Gardening Curriculum for Home and Community Gardeners to Improve Food Access in Low-Income Households

Zoom information:

Griffith, Hannah is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Hannah Griffith Defense

Time: Dec 1, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Links to this defense are available in your inbox, or can be requested through

USDA Announces OneUSDA Internship Program for Summer 2021

(Washington, D.C., November 9, 2020) – Get the first leg up on your career ladder with a summer 2021 internship at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As part of the federal Pathways Program, USDA offers paid federal internships at USDA agencies and offices around the country. USDA is hiring interns from high school to graduate level for a broad range of occupational fields, from veterinary science, to engineering, to natural resources management, and finance.

This developmental program gives students experience to enhance their educational goals and shape their career choices. USDA internships involve on-the-job experience, mentorship, and training tailored to the student’s education, experience, and interests.
The program is available to students who are currently enrolled in qualifying educational programs or institutions from high school to graduate level.

In 2020, USDA hosted thousands of in-person and virtual internships around the country, many of which were through the federal Pathways Program. Next summer, USDA will hire Pathways interns in hundreds of locations in nearly every state in the country for the following occupational fields:

Administration and Office Support
Biological Science
Business and Industry
Engineering and Architecture
Financial Management
Information Technology
Veterinary Science

It’s easy to apply for a OneUSDA Pathways internship. Visit, choose your area of interest and the link will send you to a USAJobs posting where you can apply and choose your preferred location.

The deadline for summer 2021 internship applications is Monday, November 16. Application review will begin immediately. For more information on the program and eligibility, visit or email
Educators, youth-serving organizations, and students can find more USDA resources to foster the next generation of agricultural professionals at

Environmental Fellows Program Announcement:

We are pleased to announce that the application for the 2021 Environmental Fellows Program is now open! The Environmental Fellows Program is a nationally competitive summer fellowship program for masters and doctoral students that seeks to place students traditionally underrepresented in the environmental field and those committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in summer fellowships with environmental foundations and their grantees.  

Application OPEN NOW!  The deadline to apply is January 15th, 2021.

The Environmental Fellows Program involves:

·       A 12 -week fellowship at either an environmental grantmaking foundation or at one of their grantees. Past placement sites include Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment; Appalachian Voices; Natural Resources Defense Council, New England Grassroots Environment Fund, the Erb Family Foundation and many more! 

·      A 4-day spring program orientation.  

·       A stipend of $11,000 plus a travel allowance for participating fellows.  

·       Participation in the Environmental Grantmakers Association Retreat.

·       Fellows work on a variety of environmental issues including but not limited to environmental health, energy justice, marine conservation, transit solutions, food justice, and more!  

·       Fellowship placement sites are available across the country in major cities and rural locations. Some of our past placements have been located in: The Greater Boston area, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, and Richmond, Virginia.  

 ·       Fellows receive training in diversity, equity, and inclusion; institutional culture; and professional development. 

·       Please share this opportunity (and the attached flyer) with any graduate or doctoral students at your school or other colleges/universities who have an interest in exploring the world of environmental grantmaking/philanthropy and/or are passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the environmental field.

Want to learn more! 

Join us for an information session on Thursday, November, 19th from 6-7pm ET.  Register here  (Registration will be available until 5:30 pm the day of the event.)

You can find more information about the Environmental Fellows program and how to apply at  Please address any questions about the Environmental Fellows Program to Dr. M’Lis Bartlett at

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Dorceta Taylor, Program Director, Yale University 

Dr. M’Lis Bartlett, Program Manager, University of Michigan

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities Announced:

National Conservation Training Center: Training Announcement. Registration deadline: November 12, 2020. Natural resource and conservation professionals are tasked with understanding the impacts of a changing climate and using this knowledge in making decisions. This 8 week online course is designed to cover the fundamentals of climate science, provide an overview of tools and resources for climate adaptation, and increase climate literacy and communication skills. The course is designed to encourage networking among conservation professionals engaged in the management of fish, wildlife, habitat, and cultural resources and provides participants an opportunity to interact with experts as they address case studies across multiple habitat types. For more information and to register, click here.

Native American Natural Resource Scholarship. Deadline: December 1, 2020, 5:00 p.m. PST. The Intertribal Timber Council (ITC), in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Research and Development is pleased to announce scholarship opportunities for Native American graduate students who are planning or currently conducting tribally relevant research in a natural resource issue. Award: Varies, not to exceed $5,000. Purpose: The ITC Education Scholarship is designed to support tribally relevant, natural resource based, research being conducted by Native American scholars enrolled in a graduate program.

NOAA Climate & Global Change (C&GC) Postdoctoral Program. Application Deadline: January 8, 2021
UCAR’s Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS) manages the NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Program on behalf of the NOAA Climate Program Office.

Sapsik’ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program. The deadline for applying is January 15, 2021. The Sapsik’ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program is seeking highly qualified American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous applicants for our cohort to begin classes in June 2021 at our beautiful campus on Kalapuya Ilihi (Eugene, Oregon). Sapsik’ʷałá students engage in a rigorous full-time 12-month program and receive an MEd in Curriculum and Teaching in partnership with the UOTeach master’s / licensure program while gaining Indigenous methodologies for teaching. Please see the attachments to learn more about program provisions, and our admissions checklist for details on how to apply.  Please contact if you have additional questions.