In addition to being classroom audiences, students in the Environmental Studies program take on the roles of advisors, activists, researchers, assistants, travelers and achievers.
|Professor Cole instructs students during an ecology lab field trip.
ES students at Colby have diverse interests and academic pursuits. Click here for a sampling of what ES students are up to
ES students are inspired to move their knowledge beyond the classroom and out into campus, the greater-Waterville community, the state and beyond. Their inspiration has taken them to the legislature in Augusta with written testimony, to local schools to teach environmental education, and to the Colby administration to build a successful case for removing bottled water on campus. These are just a few examples of the impressive activism related work that our students do. The student efforts are supported by mentoring from ES faculty and staff.
Going abroad? Read about the experiences of ES students who have studied abroad in the past. If you are looking for more information about good programs, explore the notable programs that past ES students have found exciting and challenging.
The ES Program has limited, competitive stipends available for ES Majors. Visit the intern page
to learn more about how to get hands-on experience in the Environmental Studies field.
The ES Program has a committee of students that provide strategic support to ES faculty and staff, from helping evaluate potential faculty, to brainstorming ideas for continued improvement of the program.
ES Student Research Assistants
During the summer, several ES faculty members supervise student research positions. To learn more about the work these students have been doing, go to the faculty research page.
Environmental Advisory Group (EAG)
Environmental Advisory Group (EAG) Several Environmental Studies students also serve on the Environmental Advisory Group, which is responsible for advising the president on Environmental concerns and initiatives. To learn more about campus greening activities visit the Green Colby site.
This prize is awarded to a senior or seniors selected by the program faculty who have made significant contributions to the Environmental Studies Program. Past recipients include:
2012 Brianna Lind
2011 Michelle Russell and Rachel Baron
2010 Megan Browning and Emma Gildesgame
2009 Becky Lipson
2008 Anna Barnwell and Emmie Theberge
2007 Elisa Chinaria and Ryan Weaver
2006 Sarah Kelly and Hilary Langer
2005 Lauren Wolpin and Allison Stewart
2004 Steven Sarno
This prize is awarded the senior major with the highest grade point average. Past recipients include:
2012 Daniel Homeier and Elizabeth Schneider
2011 Li Yu Chan and Hannah Lafleur
2010 Samuel Brakeley and Amanda Lindsay
2009 Patrick Roche
2008 Courtney Larson
2007 Katie Renwick and Kelly Bakulski
2006 Jenna Morrison and Sarah Hoskinson
2005 Brendan Carroll
2004 Dana Wheeler
2003 Sarah Bandow
2002 Jennifer Dakin
The Udall Foundation is a national program that seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, and economics.
Blair Braverman '10, Environmental Studies—Policy Major
J. Sarah Sorenson '10, Environmental Studies—Policy Major
Stephen Erario ’10, Environmental Studies—Policy and Science, Technology, and Society majors.
Tim Lancaster '05, Biology major with a concentration in environmental science
Heather Davidson ’99, Fulfilled an independent major that combined environmental studies with a
Elizabeth Schneider '12
The Henry David Thoreau Foundation attracts and sustains outstanding young leaders in diverse disciplines who will safeguard the environmental welfare of future generations. Candidates for the Henry David Thoreau Scholarship must be residents of Massachusetts. The candidates must also be enrolled in and graduate from a Massachusetts high school in the year they apply for a scholarship and begin college studies.
Rachel Freierman 2009
Jenna Morrison 2006
Lauren Bliss 2003
Sarah Zerbonne 2003
A list of readings
in environmental studies for students compiled by Colby's Environmental Studies Faculty Advisory Committee. All of these books are available for loan in the ES seminar room, Diamond 223.
Campus Environmental Presence
- Environmental Coalition The EC seeks to educate the Colby and Waterville communities about recycling, water quality, maple sugaring, forest management, and other environmental issues.
- Environmental Studies Club The ES Club works to promote camaraderie among ES students and to encourage interaction between ES students and faculty at Colby. Regular activities may include: club dinners and lunches, off-campus outings, and volunteering to help at various environmental conferences or lectures. Special events will include: Study Abroad discussion, Earth Day involvement, Informational Panel for Prospective students on April Visit Days, and an end of year dinner.
- COFGA (Colby Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association)
COFGA aims to provide quality, organic produce to Colby's dining halls, instill in our members the knowledge necessary to grow their own food, and inform the Colby community about issues surrounding food production.
- Colby Outing Club The COC is a source of information, inspiration, and equipment for a wide range of outdoor activities. The COC owns a cabin, runs weekend trips throughout Maine (including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking trips).
- Colby Mountaineering Club The Colby Mountaineering Club is composed of students dedicated to rock, ice, and alpine climbing. They lead outdoor rock and ice climbing trips as well as provide free leader training.
- Colby Woodsmen Team The Woodsmen's Team is a student athletic club that practices old-time logging skills such as standing-block chop, log rolling, sawing, pole climbing; and newer events such as axe throw and chainsaw.
- COOT Colby Outdoor Orientation Trip is coordinated by the COOT committee for incoming students.