All incoming SEAS students spend time at the 10,000-acre U-M Biological Research Station.
Many SEAS courses include a strong field-based component.
SEAS maintains six nature areas totaling 1,761 acres, as well as the 854-acre Matthaei Botanical Gardens and 500-acre Nichols Arboretum near campus.
Summer internships provide real-world experience. Our Career Services staff assists students in identifying opportunities and reaching out to contacts within selected organizations (Rocky Mountain Institute, Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps, Nature Conservancy, National Park Service, and others).
There are many projects in Detroit. Students have installed stormwater runoff mitigation projects, engaged in food access programs, studied urban agriculture projects, and partnered with the city to study recycling and waste plans.
Students present their research at national conferences (Impact Seattle, Ecological Society of America, North American Association for Environmental Education, Student Conference on Conservation Science, and others).
Sites for master's projects involve engagement with local, national, and international communities and organizations.
Research labs and institutes across the university provide students with the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research (Center for Sustainable Systems, Michigan Sea Grant, Cardinale Lab, Perfecto Lab, and others).
Jessica Robinson, MS ’18: There's a thing called Project Grow, which creates community gardens all throughout Ann Arbor in the Ann Arbor area. And I have a community garden plot, just like a mile from my apartment. And I think it's been cool as a way to share this collective space with other people who are passionate about growing food.
Shannon Sylte, MLA ’19: So this summer, I'm conducting research on using salvaged construction materials, or construction and demolition waste in landscaping applications. And part of that research is going to Yestermorrow Design/Build school in Vermont. And I'll get to have some hands-on experience with taking down buildings.
Jim Gawron, MS/MBA ’19: So currently, I'm involved with the Energy Club at Ross. And so I'm planning the energy conference, where we will explore the interaction between energy and the role that states play in the policy side of things.
Dahlia Rockowitz, MS ’18: I've been working with Professor Michaela Zint and a number of students to create a massive online open course, a MOOC. It was developed by students, faculty, and staff here at the University of Michigan. And in that sense, it's really the first of its kind.
Krutarth Jhaveri, MS/ESS ’18: I'm into sports as well. So I play soccer and tennis on the side. So we have the parks where I can do that. So there are a lot of things to do outside school as well.
Cailin Buchanan, MSE/MS ’18: So one really cool thing that I've been able to be a part of here at the University of Michigan is the Dow Sustainability Fellowship Program. And so I ended up in a group with three other like-minded individuals from a diverse background of disciplines. So we've got a policy student, they've got me, an engineer, and then, we've got an environmental scientist. And we all came together over the issue of energy justice.
Rebecca Hardin, Associate Professor: I was running a learning lab in digital media communication, which was actually founded by students at our school. So they went to the student radio station, WCBN FM. And they founded a show called "It's Hot In Here" on Friday afternoons at lunchtime, where they would get students and faculty and community members, the water commissioner—whatever—on the mic and talk about how science and policy and practice are creating environmental outcomes for people right here in our own backyards and abroad.