Environmental Sciences

Department News

EVS 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

The EVS Faculty and Staff would like to congratulate the graduating class of Fall 2020! You succeeded in earning your degree through a remarkable 4 years of major hurricanes and a pandemic; we know you now can accomplish anything you set your mind to! We wish you the best of luck in your next steps in your career. In the meantime, we have made a virtual commencement ceremony for students, friends, and families to view. Watch below or on YouTube!

 

EVS Diversity and Equity Action Plan

The Department of Environmental Sciences condemns the ongoing acts of racism and violence toward black individuals, families, and communities across the nation. We support the principles of justice promoted by the Black Lives Matter movement and stand with citizens who are angered, saddened, and frustrated by the systemic social injustice ingrained in the fabric of our society. Disenfranchisement on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or ability cannot be allowed to continue. We resolve ourselves to seek meaningful, long-lasting political, economic, social, and environmental equity for all people, now. We, as a faculty, are prepared to take action, and have unanimously committed ourselves to the framework found here.

EVS Bumper Stickers & Magnets

Celebrate graduation, declaring your major or minor in EVS, or just your love for the EVS department by purchasing an EVS bumper sticker or magnets! Contact Dr. Chris Dumas for more information.

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Dr. Troy Frensley to serve as Co-Principal Investigator of NSF Grant

Dr.  B. Troy Frensley of the UNCW Environmental Sciences department will serve as a Co-Principal Investigator on the funding program "NSF Advancing Informal Science Learning (AISL)" along with colleagues from Clemson University (Dr. Bob Powell, Principal Investigator; Dr. Ryan Gagnon, Co-PI) and Virginia Tech (Dr. Marc Stern, Co-PI) to conduct a study of environmental education (EE) programs for youth across the United States. The project titled "What leads to better outcomes in informal STEM-based environmental education programs for youth?" will examine the characteristics and outcomes of a large sample of EE programs for youth to elucidate program characteristics that most powerfully influence 21st century learning outcomes.  The award amount is $1,944,846 and duration of the project will be October 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023.  EE programs for youth, particularly day-long school field trip programs, are popular and reside at the intersection of formal and informal STEM education. Such field trips provide opportunities for diverse audiences to participate in shared learning experiences, but current understanding of what leads to success in these programs is limited. This large-scale study will address this gap in knowledge by investigating the linkages between program characteristics and participant outcomes for at least 800 single-day EE field trip programs for youth in grades 5-8, particularly programs for diverse and underserved audiences. This study will result in the identification of evidence-based practices that will inform future program design for a wide variety of settings, including nature centers, national parks, zoos, museums, aquaria, and other locations providing informal EE programs. 

EVS Undergraduate Program Earns National Ranking

The EVS undergraduate programs were ranked 32nd in the nation by EnvironmentalScience.org. EnvironmentalScience.org considered a variety of federally reported data as well as the percentage of students graduating with degrees in disciplines closely related to the environmental sciences. To learn more, click here.